Bad breath is often embarrassing. It can ruin a moment or cause major frustration if it is a common occurrence. Here at Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, we want to help optimize our patients’ dental hygiene. Keeping reading for some tips on battling bad breath!
While stinky foods like garlic and onions may be common causes of bad breath, bad breath is often caused by bacteria. Therefore, in order to clear up the bad breath and keep it away, the bacteria must be eliminated and avoided.
Plaque is the thin film that forms on our teeth throughout the day. In case you didn’t know, it is made up of bacteria. Make sure you are brushing your teeth two or three times per day and flossing once every day to keep the plaque away. In addition, brushing your tongue or investing in a tongue scraper will help get rid of a lot more bacteria!
Hydration is another part of keeping fresh breath. When the mouth dries out, especially overnight, bacteria are able to explode in numbers. This is why we often wake up with that “morning breath”. Make sure to get in your daily recommended amount of water and avoid drinks that dry out the mouth.
Extra bad breath fighters include mint leaves, lemon rinds, and green tea. Reach for these when you’re in a pinch!
If you are struggling with keeping bad breath away, schedule an appointment with us so we can discuss your dental hygiene. To schedule in our Austin, TX office, call Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at (512) 451-7491. More information can be found on our website, www.fredrickshawdds.com.