If you want fresh, beautiful breath – try these simple breath-freshening tips:
Watch your diet.
What you eat affects the way your breath smells, so avoid foods like onions and garlic. They contain sulfur compounds that give them — and your breath — a strong odor. Cheese, orange juice, and soda (including diet soda) can also cause bad breath.
Choose dental hygiene products you like.
The right products can give a boost of inspiration to your dental health regimen.
Brush and floss your teeth.
Brushing after eating and before going to bed, and flossing once a day, will help keep food particles from getting stuck between your teeth and trapped under the edges of your gums, where they decompose. Brushing also removes bacteria that produce odors.
Brush your tongue.
Food sticks to your tongue too, and the residue can contribute to bad breath, so make brushing your tongue part of your tooth-brushing ritual.
If you are on the go and know you won’t have time to brush after lunch, pack a mini brush for a quick and freshening fix.
Even if you don’t eat for hours, at least drink water to keep your mouth from getting too dry. Drinking water will help wash away food particles and bacteria. In fact, people get “morning breath” because there’s less saliva in their mouths to wash away bacteria during the night.
Go to the dentist.
Getting regular dental checkups and professional cleanings will help prevent tooth decay and gum infection — two conditions that can cause bad odors in your mouth.
If you follow all these tips but still have bad breath, talk to your doctor. You may have an underlying medical condition, such as a sinus or lung infection, postnasal drip, or diabetes. If you have gum disease, you will need to see a periodontist.
Thanks Dr Jessica Wu
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