How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath

 In Yaletown Dental Blog

Bad breath is like a curse. Not only is it embarrassing, but it can inhibit your ability to get in close proximity to people, can be viewed as unprofessional in the business world, and even give someone the wrong impression of you. Unfortunately, there are many causes of bad breath; however fortunately there are several remedies you can try. Your local Vancouver dentist presents you 9 ways to get rid of bad breath! (You may be shocked with how simple some of them are).

9 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath

  • Brush and floss more frequently:

    The sticky buildup on your teeth known as plaque, traps bacteria that causes bad breath. Food that gets trapped also adds to the problem. Brush and floss at least twice a day but if the problem persists you can try brushing and flossing more frequently. Improper brushing and flossing may also result in the breakdown of enamel on your teeth, leading to decay.
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  • Rinse your mouth:

    This isn’t your mother telling you to wash your mouth out because you have said something bad. Use mouthwash to not only freshen breath but also rid it of harmful bacteria. Make sure the mouthwash you are using actually gets rid of the bacteria instead of just covering the smell up. Rinsing with water after a meal gets rid of the food particles that may become stuck in your teeth.

  • Scrape your tongue:Tongue scraper

    The thin coating that forms on your tongue can play host to some pretty foul smells. Gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush when brushing your teeth. If your toothbrush is too big to comfortably reach the back of your tongue, you can try a scraper specifically designed to ridding your tongue of bacteria, food particles, etc.

  • Avoid certain foods:

    This one is even more obvious than the others. Onion and garlic are two of the big no-no’s if you want your breath to smell of roses. This should be observed especially if you’re about to go to work or meet friends. These foods are absorbed into the bloodstream, work their way into your lungs, and eventually exit with each breath.

  • Don’t smoke:

    Aside from being a massive cancer-causing agent, smoking can cause gum disease, stain your teeth, and give you bad breath.

  • Choose gum over mints:

    The bacteria residing in your mouth loves sugar. They use it to make acid, which wears teeth down. Chew sugarless gum instead of reaching for a mint. Gum also stimulates saliva, the body’s natural defense against plaque acids.

  • Keep your gums healthy:

    Gum disease causes bad breath. Bacteria that accumulates in the “pockets” located beneath your teeth cause gum disease. Keep your gums healthy by visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, by flossing, and by brushing regularly.

  • Moisten your mouth:

    Tooth decay may be the result of a dry mouth. If you do not create enough saliva naturally, drink plenty of water throughout the day.


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