If you’ve ever had not-so-fresh breath on a date, job interview, or when you’re simply talking with friends, you’re not alone. Studies show that about one in five people suffer from halitosis, the medical term for bad breath. Maintaining good oral health is the most essential step in reducing this problem, but there are a few other effective habits to consider.
Drinking enough water is one of the simplest steps you can take to curb bad breath. When your mouth doesn’t have enough moisture to produce saliva, odor-causing bacteria can develop. TIP: Dry mouth occurs while you sleep, so make sure you’re hydrating first thing in the morning.
Brush And Floss
According to the ADA, when you neglect to follow your oral care routine, food particles can linger in your mouth, which can lead to bad breath. Make sure you’re brushing twice a day, for two minutes a day. And if you have braces, follow Summit Orthodontics brushing and flossing routine.
Clean Your Tongue
Don’t forget about your tongue when you’re taking care of your teeth. The rough surface is a perfect place for bacteria to form. Some people brush their tongue with their toothbrush, but a scraper will get the job done best.
Certain drinks and foods – particularly coffee, garlic, and onions – are notorious for creating bad breath. They may taste good, but that taste can linger once it’s absorbed into the bloodstream. Try to reduce your sugar intake and choose foods that increase saliva production – i.e. brown rice, vegetables, beans, and nuts.
Are you considering braces or other orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child? If so, contact Summit Family Orthodontics. From our conveniently located office in Littleton, CO, our doctors proudly serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Southglenn, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Columbine, and beyond. We can’t wait to show you what a difference our commitment to quality dentistry and your satisfaction can make for you!