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10 Tips to Eliminating that Unpleasant Bad Breath

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 9, 2011 3:20:00 PM

One of the questions that is often asked to practitioners of family dentistry is, "How do I get rid of bad breath?" We would like to offer 10 tips to help you eliminbad breathate bad breath so that you can be at your best and have a healthy, fresh, and clean mouth all day long.
1. See your dentist or doctor. In some cases, bad breath is a symptom of a dental or medical condition. If you have persistent bad breath, please see your family dental professional or your family doctor to address the root of this symptom.
2. Floss every night. Really. At least once a night, if not after every meal. If you are serious about correcting bad breath, you need to floss and remove the tiny bits of food that your brush misses. Dental professionals recommend the "tiny tree" single use flossing devices - many dentists and men and women on the go keep a bag of these on hand in their car, workplace, gym bag, and handbag to be ready to floss whenever necessary.
3. Use mouthwash. Antiseptic mouthwashes, used frequently, can kill germs that lead to bad breath. Find a flavor you like and keep a bottle in your desk drawer or in your car so that you can rinse after every meal.
4. Carry a toothbrush. You really should brush after every meal to prevent food from getting trapped between your teeth, which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. Having a toothbrush on hand will help keep your breath fresh.
5. Use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers, available at grocery stores, health food markets, pharmacies, and at family dentistry centers, help you scrape away the germs and buildup that lead to bad breath.
6. Buy a pack of Waterpik. Your floss and brush can't reach everywhere. Use a Waterpik to get rid of the germs that lead to bad breath. Family dental centers sell or can recommend the perfect Waterpik and brushing system for you and your family to use.
7. Consider your diet. Your diet affects your breath. Pay close attention to foods that give you bad breath and avoid them whenever you need your breath to be in top form
8. Quit smoking. This is a surefire way to get rid of bad breath and other medical problems. Not to mention, it'll get you that extra step closer to a whiter smile!
9. Drink more water. By staying hydrated, you can help your body flush out the toxins that lead to bad breath
10. Chew some parsley. There is a reason that parsley is used as a garnish - it's great at correcting bad breath! While it might not be practical to carry a sprig with you at all times, family dentistry professionals recommend keeping some on hand in the refrigerator.
We wish you the best of luck and hope that our tips help you eliminate bad breath. As a family ourselves, we want to ensure that your entire family has healthy and clean teeth and feels great about their smiles and breath!
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Topics: Family dentistry, bad breath, oral health, childrens teeth, periodontal disease, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants