If you’re like most people, bad breath is probably a deal breaker for you. Let’s be honest, bad breath may be forgivable with dogs, but when it comes to people it can be a major turn off. We all have that one coworker or classmate who you would love to talk with if it weren’t that each of their words came with a sampling of Eau de Manure. Is this you? Don’t worry! Your friends at Windsor Family Dentistry have got you covered with these simple tricks that’ll have your breath smelling fresh in no time!
1. Brush your teeth properly
We know it sounds obvious, but brushing your teeth regularly (at lease twice a day) is actually one of the best things you can do to eliminate bad breath. The real trick here is making sure that your brushing technique is up to speed. A good thing to remember is to try and angle your brush toward your gum line, where plaque buildup is most common.
2. Floss your teeth
Sorry to say it, but tooth brushes are not 100% effective at removing odor and decay-causing plaque from your teeth. Flossing just once a day can do this, along with dislodging any remaining bits of food that get caught between your teeth. You wouldn’t want to go around smelling like your last meal, would you?
3. Drink water
Staying hydrated is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to keep your breath from stinking. When you drink water you replenish the salivary glands in your mouth. Saliva plays a huge role in dissolving food and keeping odorous bacteria at bay. When in doubt, end the drought!
4. Avoid stinky foods
While a few of the culinary culprits notorious for causing foul breath are well known (garlic, onions etc…), some may surprise you. Meats, and other foods which are easily caught in your teeth, can leave a lingering stench if not removed. Although it should never be used as a replacement for flossing, a tooth pick can be the perfect fix for freshening up after that New York strip.
5. See us regularly!
Here’s a no-brainer! If you suffer from chronic bad breath, your friends at Windsor Family Dentistry want to help you! Tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral conditions can cause your breath to take on an unpleasant odor. Call us today if you have any questions!