Bad breath is embarrassing and it can it be frustrating to deal with. Here at our office, we know how stubborn bad breath can be and want to offer our patients advice on how to get rid of bad breath and how to keep it away.
Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth. In order to fight the odor, you need to fight the bacteria. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to brush and floss. In addition, while brushing your teeth, brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Replace your toothbrush every two or three months so you are not introducing bacteria into the mouth.
Keep your mouth hydrated. Bacteria thrive in dry mouth conditions. Therefore, drink plenty of water to make sure you are hydrated. Avoid alcoholic drinks and caffeinated drinks, as these dry out your mouth. If you need an energy boost, try green tea. The properties of green tea actually fight odor causing bacteria, so it keeps you hydrated and fresh. Also try using a mouthwash without alcohol in it.
If you have a dry mouth or sense bad breath, chewing mint leaves, parsley, or lemon rinds. The greens neutralize odors and the citrus in lemons stimulates saliva.
Fighting bad breath is not only good news for your nose, but eliminating the bacteria is also good for teeth and gums! To learn more about oral health, give us a call (703) 532-7858