Looking to remedy your bad breath?

bacteriaDo you know the old saying “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure?” If you worry about bad breath there are a few simple remedies you can try. Bad breath is nasty. It can keep others at a distance. It can also be a sign that something could be going on with your teeth, gums or health.

Here are some simple tricks to get rid of bad breath

  1. Brush and floss: The bacteria that build up on our teeth is often the cause of bad breath. By simply taking good care of your teeth and gums, you may eliminate the cause of your bad breath.
  2. Clean your tongue: Nasty smelling food debris, bacteria, and dead cells can build up on the rough surface of your tongue. Use the back of your toothbrush or a tongue cleaner to scrub it off.
  3. Drink plenty of water: Because bad breath can be caused by bacteria, you can flush it away by drinking water regularly.
  4. Rinse your mouth after every meal: Acidic drinks like pop, coffee, and alcohol can lower the PH level in your mouth allowing bacteria to thrive and release rotten smelling sulfur compounds. Rinsing will also chase away any food particles left in your mouth after a meal or snack.
  5. Watch what you eat: Most people know that onions and garlic will cause bad breath, but there are some lesser known bad breath culprits out there. One biggie is meat. Chewed up meat particles and be sticky and hard to rinse away after eating. They can worm their way deeply between teeth or under dentures, crowns or bridges. If you’re on a low carb diet, your bad breath could be caused by something known as ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state in which your body is burning fat instead of sugar. Great for the waistline, not so great for the breath.
  6. Consume some greens: Green plants are loaded with chlorophyll. It’s what makes them green. Parsley, mint and cilantro are all great choices. They release scented oils when you chew them, giving your breath an immediate freshener. The chlorophyll you ingest gives you the longer term cure.
  7. appleEat sweet or crunchy: Sweet fruits that are high in vitamin C help eliminate bad breath because the bacteria in your mouth doesn’t like it – it will begin to die. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots or celery will help scrub lingering food particles off your teeth.
  8. Don’t try to mask it: Just the same as with other bad odors, masking only works for a little while. It’s much better to tackle the cause.
  9. Quit smoking: Cigarettes are full of nasty smelling chemicals, and smoking can cause oral infections and diseases that contribute to bad breath.
  10. Visit your dentist: No matter how diligently you brush and floss, it’s almost impossible to keep your teeth free from plaque and tartar build-up without professional help. Schedule a twice-yearly dental check-up to have your teeth cleaned and checked for decay and other oral health problems.

Bad breath could be caused by gum disease

Bad breath is often a sign of gum disease. Bleeding, sensitive gums are another sign. When bacteria is left sitting in your mouth, it can cause infection in your gums, leading to gum disease. If you you are experiencing these symptoms, please see your dentist in San Jose/Los Gatos.

Got questions?

If you have any questions about how your bad breath or oral health, ask me today and I’ll reply by tomorrow.