Bad breath is an embarrassing but common condition that most of us face at one time or another. Sugarless candy or sugarless gum can help freshen your breath at the last minute, but taking care of the problem where it starts will help you to avoid the problem altogether. Here are tips from Jacksonville dental care experts for keeping your breath fresh and clean.
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice every day will remove food debris, plaque buildup, and bacteria. Your teeth should be brushed thoroughly using a toothbrush that fits easily in the back of your mouth so the teeth and gums in the back get cleaned properly. Also, Jacksonville dental care experts recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three months as the bristles will wear out and lose effectiveness over time.
Floss Every Day
Food that gets stuck between teeth can be difficult to remove by brushing alone. If it stays there long enough, it can encourage bacteria to grow and that’s not fresh! Flossing daily can eliminate many dental problems, including with bad breath. Be sure to floss before brushing so that any food that is loosened can be brushed away. If you find flossing difficult or awkward, try using picks or flossers that make reaching the back of the mouth easier.
Brush Your Tongue
Your tongue can harbor most of the bacteria in your mouth and be a major source of bad breath. Brushing your tongue every time your brush your teeth will remove these bacteria preventing them from being transferred right back to your teeth and helping to keep your breath fresh. Be sure to brush your entire tongue, both the top and underneath, and get as far back as you can. Some people find this uncomfortable and prefer to use a tongue scraper instead.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular Jacksonville dental care can help you avoid many common dental problems, including bad breath. Your dentist can also let you know if your bad breath is caused by a more serious problem like periodontal disease, cavities, poorly fitting dentures or retainers, yeast infections, or chronic dry mouth. Your dentist can also let you know if you’re brushing and flossing properly and help you identify areas that need to be cleaned better. You may be nervous about getting regular Jacksonville dental care, but rest assured that your dentist is the best tool you have for maintaining fresh breath and a healthy mouth.
Avoid Cigarettes and Tobacco Products
Tobacco products can cause dryness in your mouth and leave behind a noticeable odor – even after brushing. Smoking can interfere with how your gum tissue cells work and reduce the ability of gums to heal. Cigarettes and other tobacco products can also stain your teeth, increase your risk of gum disease, and increase your risk of oral cancer.
Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Crunchy snacks like celery sticks, carrots, and fresh fruits are more than just good nutrition, they are also great for your teeth and breath. Munching on fresh foods like these will help increase the flow of saliva to wash away bacteria from your gums and around your teeth. Also, empty stomachs can build up acids that cause bad breath. Snacking on healthy foods between meals can help alleviate this cause of bad breath.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is not only a healthy and refreshing drink, it has been shown to be great for your mouth and your breath. Green tea can help fight gum disease which can lead to tooth loss and contribute to bad breath. Green tea also contains a naturally high amount of polyphenols that help fight off bacterial buildup in your mouth. The antioxidants in green tea also help slow tooth decay, another contributor to bad breath. The more pure the tea is, the better it will be for your mouth so choose organic and unprocessed products over bottled teas.
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