Bad breath is caused by conditions in your mouth and is exacerbated by what you eat and how often you clean your teeth, tongue and gums. To ensure your breath stays as fresh as possible follow these simple tips:
- Brush and floss daily, ensure you brush your teeth, your tongue and your gums. Bacteria collects far back on your tongue so brush as far back as you can.
- If you are unable to brush and floss immediately after eating, drink water or chew sugar-free gum.
- Gum disease causes bad breath. Gum disease is an infection that can lead to loss of gum and teeth. Flossing helps to remove food particles caught between the teeth and under the gum line. Regular visits to your dentist for cleanings can help reverse or prevent gum disease.
- Certain foods can contribute to bad breath. Garlic, onion and some spices can affect your breath for up to 72 hours after eating. The proteins from these foods are expelled in your breath until they exit your system.
- Dry mouth causes bad breath. Drink plenty of water or chew sugar-free gum to keep your mouth moist.
If bad breath persists talk to your dental hygienist and dentist.