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Tips For Keeping Your Breath Fresh

Having bad breath is incredibly embarrassing, but it can be difficult to keep your breath fresh all day long. The following tips can help.

Drink More Water

dental careDrinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps your whole body hydrated and it helps keep your mouth clean. When your mouth dries out it produces less saliva. Saliva gets rid of harmful (and odorous) bacteria in your mouth, so with less saliva, your breath gets worse. You may have noticed that your breath is worse early in the morning—this is usually because your mouth has gotten dry overnight. Keep a water bottle handy throughout the day and stay hydrated to keep your breath clean and fresh.

Remember To Clean Your Tongue

You know you should brush and floss your teeth, but don’t forget about cleaning your tongue. Bacteria can stick to the back of your tongue and cause unpleasant smells. When you brush your teeth, rinse out your mouth with a bacteria-killing mouthwash and clean the back of your tongue to keep your breath fresh.

Choose Your Food Wisely

Certain foods like onions and garlic can leave odors that last for hours and sometimes even days. If you want to keep your breath fresh, avoid these smelly foods. If you do eat them, take some extra time to brush and floss your teeth more thoroughly than normal to remove any possible leftover food particles.

Keep Mints Handy

Sugar-free mints can quickly freshen your breath in a pinch, so it is smart to keep them handy at your desk, in your glove-box, or in your bag so that you can always freshen your breath when it needs it.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Bad breath is embarrassing and unpleasant, but it can also be a sign of a more serious oral health problem like gum disease. Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to keep your mouth healthy and catch any problems before they become worse. If you’d like to learn more about keeping your mouth healthy and preventing bad breath, schedule an appointment at Galleria Dental Aesthetics.

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