You’re looking forward to a date. Unfortunately, you’ve noticed that you’ve had bad breath recently. There’s nothing that can be quite as embarrassing on a date as bad breath. So, what can you do to have fresher breath?
Brush & Floss Your Teeth
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss your teeth at least once each day. Flossing properly removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth that could otherwise cause bad breath.
Replace Your Toothbrush
If you are one of those people who only get a new toothbrush when you come to our office for your six-month cleaning, you could be contributing to your bad breath. Your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. A toothbrush with frayed bristles should also be replaced.
Brush Your Tongue
Bad breath-causing bacteria and plaque grow and gather on your tongue. Brush your tongue from back to front to help reduce odors. You may also use a tongue scraper or the built-in tongue cleaner on a toothbrush.
Avoid Dry Mouth
Saliva is nature’s way of cleaning the mouth. If you have dry mouth, food particles and bacteria are not being washed away as they should be. This can lead to bad breath. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated! Keep in mind that coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages can all contribute to dry mouth.
Don’t Use Tobacco Products
Not only are smoking and chewing tobacco bad for your health, they can lead to bad breath. The scent of these products tends to linger in the mouth after use. We recommend avoiding tobacco products altogether.
Schedule & Keep Dental Cleaning Appointments
To help prevent or lessen bad breath, we encourage you to set up and keep dental cleaning and exam appointments. Tell our dentists about your concerns with bad breath and he can help determine the cause. Bad breath is often caused by tooth decay or gum disease, which can be treated at our office.
Contact Signature Smiles at 512-212-9803 today for more information about remedies for bad breath and to schedule your next visit with our dentists in Bastrop, Texas.