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How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Sometimes, it can be easy to determine the cause of your bad breath. For example, you ate or drank something that caused your breath to smell. But, if this is an issue you are dealing with constantly, you may be wondering what you can do about it. 

Here's what you can do to get rid of bad breath. 

Visit the Dentist

Bad breath can be caused by infections and/or cavities in the mouth. Going to regular dental check-ups is the way to maintain your oral health and ensure that your teeth, gums, and tongue are clean and healthy.  

Brush Your Teeth Regularly 

Brush your teeth at least two times a day, but ideally after each meal. Make sure to use fluoride toothpaste to help reduce bad breath odors.  

Brush Your Tongue Too

This is an important part of proper oral hygiene that is largely overlooked. Bacteria lingers on the tongue and can lead to bad-smelling breath. Don't forget to scrape your tongue too when brushing your teeth. 

Floss Regularly 

Flossing prevents bacteria from build-up in between teeth. Food particles stuck between your teeth not only cause bad breath, but can also lead to cavities and gum disease. Floss at least once a day, before or after brushing your teeth.

Change Your Toothbrush 

Using the same toothbrush or tongue scrapers for too long affects how effective the teeth are cleaned. Change them every three months. 

Watch Your Diet and Visit a Gastrointestinal Doctor

What you eat can influence your oral health. Certain foods can also affect your digestive tract and cause bad breath. Check with your doctor and see if there are changes you can make in your diet to improve your digestive health. 

Over to You

There are plenty of quick fixes for bad breath, like a mint or mouthwash. But, if you want long-term results, the best approach is to talk with your dentist and be diligent about your oral health routine. 

If you are dealing with bad breath, schedule your next appointment with Mountain View Family Dental and let us help you.