Six Tips for Preventing Bad Breath

February 29, 2020
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Nobody wants bad breath, but it happens to everyone – and sometimes we don’t even know we have it. That makes caring for our mouths even more important, because the cleaner and healthier the mouth, the less likely it is to have bad breath.

Of course, sometimes we cannot prevent bad breath. Some medications and medical conditions can cause bad breath whether we brush and floss diligently or not.

If you’re concerned about your breath or want to stave off bad breath before it happens, here are some tips and tricks for freshening your mouth.

Sugar-Free Gum or Mints

Gum and mints are a great way to freshen the breath between brushings, but make sure you always use the sugar-free variety. Sugar feeds the nasty, plaque-hungry bacteria that cause cavities, which may cause your breath to get worse, not better!

Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is an active ingredient in gum, mints, toothpaste and even candy. Not only does it sweeten, but it also cleans the teeth, keeping your mouth and your breath fresh.

Try a Natural Remedy

While natural remedies are often hit or miss, some experts recommend that you try things like fennel seeds, parsley, apples and pineapple to freshen the breath without resorting to chewing gum.

Supplements

Another more natural way to freshen the breath is to try a supplement like zinc, which is often found in oral health products like toothpaste. Zinc cleans the sulphur in your mouth, which is responsible for bad breath.

Quitting Smoking

Are you a smoker? Chances are your breath is giving away your secret, which is all the more reason to quit.

Maintain Great Oral Health Habits

Your oral health is a precious thing. It doesn’t just keep teeth healthy – it keeps the entire body healthy. The best thing you can do for not just your breath but your overall health is to maintain healthy oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes minimum and flossing at least once a day. You should also attend regular dental exams with Dr. Mingus to make sure your oral health is in check and your teeth are clear of tartar buildup, which can also cause bad breath.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mingus, please call the office at 541-382-6565.

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