Bad breath is a common problem that many people visit their Edmonton dental clinic about. Thankfully, there are also some pretty simple and straightforward ways that you can fight bad breath and prevent it from coming back. The Edmonton dentists at Azarko Dental Group have helped many people successfully overcome bad breath, and we've got some tips and tricks to help you overcome it as well. Here are six ways to fight off bad breath and to enjoy better oral health at the same time.
- Practice good oral hygiene
Oftentimes, bad breath is caused by the presence too much plaque bacteria and residual food particles on the teeth and gums. To correct this, simply make sure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing between your teeth on a daily basis. Brushing after every meal can further help to control bad breath.
- Clean your tongue
Plaque bacteria and food particles can easily settle on the tongue as well, as the tongue's folds and taste buds offer many places to hide. You can clean your tongue simply by brushing it gently with your toothbrush and rinsing your mouth afterwards. For an even more thorough cleaning, you can pick up a tongue scraper from the aisle of just about any drug or grocery store.
- Try a mouthwash
Some types of mouthwash are specifically formulated to eliminate and prevent bad breath. A good mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums healthier as well. However, you should not use a mouthwash that contains alcohol, as it will dry out your mouth and potentially make the problem worse.
- Stay hydrated
As was mentioned above, dry mouth can lead to bad breath. This is because saliva is important for flushing plaque and food particles from your teeth and gums. To help keep your mouth moist, make sure you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
- Quit smoking
If you currently smoke, then consider talking to your doctor about quitting. Not only does smoking pose a risk to your overall health, it can leave an unpleasant smell lingering in your mouth as well. Smoking can also cause your mouth to dry out, even if you do try to keep hydrated.
- Visit your Edmonton dentist
If you have chronic bad breath, then it's always a good idea to visit an Edmonton dental clinic. A dentist will be able to determine if the problem is caused by an oral health condition or if you just need to practice better oral hygiene. Your dentist may also refer you to a family physician if they suspect that a different health problem may be causing your bad breath.
There's no need to be embarrassed about bad breath. Whatever the problem may be, your Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dentist will help you get to the bottom of it. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, just contact our Edmonton dental clinic online or at the number below.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8