It’s easy to smile when we’re feeling good about ourselves. We can focus on family, friends and enjoying our lives. Bad breath can make smiling harder for us and for those around us.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath can be caused by minor, easily fixable things, or by more serious problems that require dental or medical attention:
- Eating foods that “linger”-garlic, onions, or even meats or cheeses can leave gas or particle residue on your teeth and in your mouth
- Drinking coffee or black tea
- Not brushing and flossing often enough
- Improperly cleaned dentures
- Kidney or Liver problems
- Chronic Acid Reflux
- Pneumonia or Bronchitis
- Post-nasal drip
- Gum Disease
- Some medications may also cause dry mouth, which may lead to bad breath
How Can We Make Our Breath Fresh?
- Eating less garlic and onions. If you can’t brush or floss right away, use mints or chew breath-freshening sugarless gum until you can.
- Brushing and flossing after eating (especially when eating foods like meat and cheeses that may leave residue on the teeth that produce smelly bacteria). Use a tongue scraper to remove residue from your tongue as well.
- Drinking enough water to keep our mouths moistened
- Cutting back on coffee and black tea
- Cleaning dentures nightly by scrubbing and soaking them
- Seeing your doctor or dentist to diagnose and treat any suspected severe issues that may cause bad breath
Get your smile working for you!