Unless you exist on a diet of mouthwash and chewing gum (which, by the way, we do NOT recommend), there have probably been occasions when your breath has not been as minty fresh as it could be. Perhaps it was that ill-advised last cup of coffee . Or maybe you were a little liberal when cooking with the garlic - and who could blame you? The point is, at some point most of us have suffered bad breath paranoia.
But if your halitosis is a bit more of a persistent issue, then that can be problematic - and reaching for that mouthwash isn't a long term solution. There are, however, a few simple changes that you can make. According to Dr. Johnson, “this is the most effective way to incorporate good oral hygiene into everyday life, and beat that bad breath.
We're all familiar with the importance of brushing our teeth, but if you suffer from bad breath, your tongue may be contributing to this. "Bacteria accumulates in the back surface of your tongue and can also cause a strong odor."
"When your mouth becomes more dry you have less saliva and when you have less saliva food and bacteria tends to sit in your mouth for a much longer period of time. Staying hydrated can help with all that smelly bacteria. "But also remember there are other things beyond just being thirsty which can make your mouth dry. "For example, coffee, alcohol, smoking and even some medication can cause a dry mouth."
If you think your twice daily regime is cutting it, then think again. "If food remains on your teeth because you don't brush and you don't floss, that food just sits in your mouth and is degraded by bacteria and you can just IMAGINE the odor that gives off. This especially applies before you go to bed. "When food just sits in your mouth in the morning, your bad breath will be far stronger than you imagined."
And... "If you find your breath is strong no matter what you do, if you find you're constantly having to use mouth wash which really just camouflages bad odor you may have something else going on than poor hygiene.. "In that instance it's really important to see your dentist." Often, bleeding gums and bad breath can be an indicator of periodontal disease that can ultimately lead to tooth loss.