10 Tips to Beat Bad Breath

It’s humiliating. You had bad breath all day long, and you didn’t even know it! When you got home after work, your husband commented on your smelly mouth. How many people at the office noticed and said nothing? You can’t turn back time to change the past, but you can take precautions to make sure bad breath doesn’t strike again.

Most people pop a piece of chewing gum or a mint to eliminate bad breath. Others use breath spray from the pharmacy. The truth is, gum, mints, and breath sprays probably mask a bigger problem – if they work for you at all.

Bad breath can originate in the stomach, but commonly, it starts in the mouth. Any time plaque builds up on teeth, it releases smelly sulfur compounds. In addition, food lodged between teeth decomposes, and it smells bad, too.

If plaque is not removed every day, it hardens into calculus or tartar. This hard substance irritates gums and bacterial infection begins. Gum disease is affects about 80% of Americans, though many don’t know they suffer from the condition. And bad breath is a symptom of gum disease.

Cavities, or tooth decay, also promote bad breath. As with gum disease, during tooth decay, bacteria eat away at healthy tissue, and the result is smelly breath.

Some strong foods, like onions, curry, and garlic, also cause stinky breath.

So how can you eliminate the horrible embarrassment of halitosis?

1)      Brush twice a day (and don’t forget to brush your tongue).

2)      Floss once a day.

3)      Keep a flosser handy all day, and clean your teeth after eating.

4)      Keep your mouth moistened with water all day long.

5)      Avoid alcohol-based breath sprays and mouthwashes that dry out the mouth.

6)      Stay away from smelly foods during business hours.

7)      Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

8)      If you have cavities, get them repaired.

9)      If you have gum disease, undergo treatment.

10)  Ask your Pannu Dental Care team about professional, non-alcohol breath treatment systems to use with daily oral homecare and on the go.

To schedule a checkup or talk with one of our hygienists about halitosis, call Pannu Dental Care in Cupertino, San Jose, Fremont, or Dublin. We will give you the tools you need to enjoy optimal oral health and fresh breath, every day.

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