Certainly bad breath is something no one wants to have. You see commercials and television shows where a guy or gal pops a breath mint or sprays breath freshener in his or her mouth in anticipation of a romantic opportunity.
It’s embarrassing when someone tell you that you have bad breath, and that’s one reason some people ask close friends or family if their breath is okay. We often can’t tell if our breath smells bad because it’s difficult to sense it on oneself.
What you can do to get rid of or prevent bad breath
Here are some things you can do on your own to clear up bad breath (WebMD):
Brush and floss well. Food particles stuck in your teeth can produce odor. Brush twice a day, floss once a day and get regular dental checkups.
Scrape your tongue. Your tongue can also hang onto food particles. You can brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.
Eat healthier foods. Foods that are sugary tend to create bacteria in your mouth. By comparison, fruits and crunchy fresh vegetables can help cleanse your mouth of food particles that cling to your tongue or stick between in your teeth. Celery, apples and carrots work great for getting rid of plaque build up.
Eat foods rich in probiotics. Yogurt, refer, sauerkraut or miso contain healthy bacteria called probiotics, which can help destroy bad bacteria.
Avoid dry mouth. As much as possible, breathe through your nose as opposed to your mouth. Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy if your mouth tends to get dry. If you smoke, quitting helps you handle dry mouth and the odor of cigarettes on your breath. Chewing gum adds a pleasant smell to your breath. It also helps you produce more saliva, which cleans your teeth and fights bacteria.
There’s a lot to be said for fresh breath and a beautiful smile. At Hutto Hippo Family Dental, Dr. Baker can help you with all your dental needs.