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How To Prevent Bad Breath

How To Prevent Bad Breath

Published on June 1st, 2020

Most people deal with bad breath now and then, but if you’re concerned that your bad breath is problematic there are many ways to help freshen your mouth. 

Brush Your Teeth After You Eat 

Brushing your teeth twice a day and using mouthwash will help get rid of smelly breath, but if you experience bad breath daily try taking a more aggressive brushing approach. Brush your teeth with antibacterial toothpaste right after you eat each meal. You may also benefit from a tongue scraper or a toothbrush with a built-in tongue cleaner. The overgrowth of bacteria on the tongue can contribute significantly to unflattering breath. 

Get Rid Of Dry Mouth 

Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids in the mouth and wash away food particles that can lead to foul-smelling breath. To help keep your mouth moist make sure to drink plenty of water or chew gum to stimulate saliva. If you suffer from dry mouth, our family dental care professionals in Cary, IL recommend avoiding tobacco or drinks like coffee that dehydrate your body. 

Watch Your Diet 

Certain food can be the most frustrating culprit to bad breath, but you can avoid this by watching your diet. Get rid of foods like onions and garlic that leave a lingering smell. Limit your intake of sugary foods like candy and sweet drinks that contribute to decay and smelly bacteria. 

Schedule Regular Dental Check-Ups

The best way to stop bad breath in its tracks is to take good care of your oral hygiene. Schedule regular dental check-ups with your family dental care professionals in Cary, IL. Give Cary Dental a call at 847-516-1100 or visit us at www.carydentalassociates.com to book your next appointment!

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