Bad Breath is Bad News
Here are some quick and easy tips to help keep your breath fresh and clean:
1. Brush and Floss Regularly:
It’s essential advice but foolproof. Brushing at least twice daily and flossing and tongue scraping once is the best way to combat bad breath. When the bacteria in your mouth have bits of food and debris to feed on, they create odors that cause bad breath. Keeping your mouth clean will keep your breath clean at the same time!
2. Drink Water:
You don’t always have access to a toothbrush. As it turns out, water can be an effective way to freshen your breath until you can get home and brush. Water helps clean your mouth and prevents dryness, another major cause of bad breath.
3. Eat Good Foods:
A good way to prevent bad breath is to avoid foods that make your breath smell bad and eat foods that will help your breath smell good! Melons and citrus fruit are high in Vitamin C and help kill bacteria in your mouth. Fibrous foods like apples and celery can help remove food stuck in your teeth, reducing smells caused by bacteria feeding on them.
4. Choose gum and mints with Xylitol:
Sugary gum and breath mints are often used to tackle bad breath. However, the stinky bacteria in your mouth love sugar, and giving them more tends to produce acid that can make your breath smell worse AND lead to tooth decay. Xylitol is a sugar alternative bacteria cannot break down, making it a perfect method for keeping your breath fresh and clean.
If you are troubled by your bad breath, ask us for more tips on staying fresh and clean! Reach out to Grimes Dentistry to learn more and schedule your appointment in Lubbock, TX today.
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