Most everyone has had too much garlic at lunch, or post-coffee bad breath, but for some people it’s a chronic issue. Aside from the social and personal issues it can cause, it might also hint at a serious condition like gum disease or tooth decay.
Dr. Kenn Kakosian and his team at DentAlign NYC in Midtown East Manhattan want you to enjoy a problem-free social life and excellent oral health.
Among the many services we offer is general dentistry, including regular professional cleanings, which are important in avoiding chronic bad breath. Take a moment as we offer 10 additional tips for fresh breath.
Why bad breath happens
Before we get to the tips, though, we wanted to describe some of the common reasons people have bad breath. Everyone has experienced bad breath due to things like foods, coffee-drinking, smoking, or consuming alcohol. Morning breath, too, is a common issue.
Persistent bad breath, though, even immediately after you brush, can be a sign of gum disease. It may also be a symptom of a problem like sinusitis or bronchitis, or even a gastrointestinal problem.
10 tips to prevent bad breath
Following are some of the things you can do to make sure your breath is always pleasing.
1. Don’t leave home without your toothbrush
Keeping a toothbrush handy is a good way to both enjoy fresh breath and to banish bacteria from between your teeth and gums. Regularly brushing after meals lowers your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, too.
2. Floss daily
Your toothbrush can’t get between your teeth or under your gumline, but dental floss can. Daily flossing is a crucial part of good oral hygiene. If you forget, do it when you remember; the time of day that you floss doesn’t matter, it’s the flossing that makes a difference!
3. Clean your tongue
Bacteria builds up on your tongue just like it does your teeth, and it can contribute to bad breath just the same, too. Gently cleaning your tongue should also be part of your oral hygiene practice.
4. Get those regular checkups
The general guideline is that you should see your dentist at least every 6-12 months. During these visits, Dr. Kakosian performs a thorough exam to check for any signs of gum disease or other issues. Getting timely treatment is important in preventing long-term damage and bad breath.
5. Quit smoking
In fact, quit using tobacco products at all. It’s bad for your overall health, bad for your oral health, and it makes your breath smell bad.
6. Drink plenty of water
Hydration is important for your overall health, and it’s also necessary to have healthy teeth. When you don’t drink enough water, your mouth dries out and you have bad breath. Drinking water also helps to wash away any food particles that may be clinging to your teeth.
7. Limit alcohol
Drinking alcohol can make your breath bad, cause dehydration, and affect your health. Drink in moderation and remember to hydrate to help you have fresh breath and avoid other negative consequences.
8. Avoid having a dry mouth
If you feel like you don’t have enough saliva, you might have dry-mouth, which can lead to a buildup of bacteria and the dreaded bad breath. Sugarless candies, mints, and gum may be helpful in keeping the saliva flowing — along with drinking plenty of water, of course.
9. See to your diet
Sugary snacks, candies, and sodas aren’t good for your teeth. However, crunchy fruits and veggies such as apples and carrots can actually protect your teeth. Snack if you need to, but make them healthy snacks.
10. Check your toothbrush
How long has it been since you enjoyed a new toothbrush? Experts recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles are fraying and bent.
Come see us!
Regular visits to DentAlign NYC in New York City is one of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh. Call or request your appointment today.