CarolinasDentist wishes you a happy New Year! In our blog post, we suggest habits to establish in 2023 that will benefit your oral health.
Are you dealing with bad breath? Your confidence, relationships, and work life can suffer a hit if your breath is less than fresh. Luckily, there are steps you can take quickly to improve your breath. Here are four examples:
- Carry a Travel Toothbrush, Toothpaste & Floss
- Chew Sugarless Gum
- Rinse with Mouthwash
- Drink More Water
The bacteria in plaque produce a strong odor. Flossing and brushing remove the plaque forming on your teeth and improve bad breath. A travel toothbrush, mini toothpaste, and a container of string floss or floss picks are small items that can easily be stored in your backpack, bag, purse, or car glovebox.
Having a dry mouth makes your breath smell worse, so getting your saliva flowing can be a quick way to improve symptoms. Gums that smell like mint, cinnamon, or fruit will also hide unpleasant odors. Try chewing sugarless gum to freshen your breath.
Along with your toothbrush, floss, and sugar-free gum, keep a small bottle of alcohol-free mouthwash in your bag. Mouthwash kills bad bacteria that cause foul breath and makes your breath smell more fresh. It’s best to use an alcohol-free mouthwash since alcohol can dry your mouth out (and make bad breath worse) and wear down your enamel with frequent use.
Most people could stand to drink more water. While staying hydrated is vital for your overall health and mental focus, it can also help you address bad breath throughout the day. Water washes away smelly food debris and plaque. It also reduces the risk of dry mouth and tooth decay by allowing for the production of saliva.
Bad Breath Treatment at CarolinasDentist in North Carolina
Fish and food with onions and garlic are among the top culprits for bad breath. In contrast, chronic bad breath can be a sign of a more serious health issue, like gum disease, cavities, or an underlying medical condition. If you struggle with persistent bad breath, you may need cavity treatment or gum disease treatment like a deep cleaning. Regular visits to the dentist allow your dental team to quickly catch and treat issues. Please contact CarolinasDentist today if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations!