Besides not contracting COVID or various illnesses, what are the benefits of wearing face masks? Not having to wear makeup might come to mind for some, but certainly not having to deal with anyone’s bad breath would rank even higher on the list.
It can be difficult to be polite to someone who wanders into your personal space and starts talking up a storm. You obviously don’t want to be the distributor of bad breath, and fortunately, your dentist in Long Island City can help in that department.
Read on to find out some causes of bad breath and how to get rid of it.
What Are Some Reasons You Get Bad Breath?
Bad breath can be a result of an underlying condition like periodontal disease, tonsillitis, dental abscess, gastroesophageal reflux disease, diabetes, or gingivitis. Oftentimes, it can be something less serious like eating certain foods (garlic, onions, spices), drinking strong-smelling beverages like coffee and alcohol, smoking, low-carb or crash diets, certain medications, or poor dental hygiene. That last one is actually a serious concern, but you get the idea.
What Are Ways I Can Ditch Bad Breath?
Here are some tips to combat bad breath, aka halitosis, which usually originates from the teeth and gums:
- Visit Your Dentist: Of course, the most important thing you can do to battle bad breath is to visit your dentist regularly. They can make sure you don’t have any dental problems causing it. If your dentist believes the issue is caused by an internal source like an infection, they may refer you to a specialist.
- Rinse with Mouthwash: Beyond mouthwash, you might buy at the drugstore, consider rinsing your mouth with black or green tea. According to a study by the University of Illinois at Chicago, rinsing your mouth with black or green tea suppresses the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
- Brush or Scrape Your Tongue: To remove residue that may be accumulating between the folds in the tongue and the taste buds, you can get an inexpensive tongue scraper. Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush will also work.
- Floss Daily: Flossing removes food debris from in between teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Skipping flossing allows bacteria to begin feeding on what brushing left behind, which causes bad breath.
- Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily: Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day to remove plaque and food debris. It’s particularly important to brush your teeth before bedtime. Perhaps consider a daily round of brushing with baking soda.
- Avoid Tobacco Products: Smoking contributes to bad breath. Tobacco often dries out your mouth and even brushing your teeth might not remove the unpleasant smell.
- Stay Hydrated: Try to drink at least 48-64 ounces of water each day to avoid dry mouth. Water helps combat odor since it helps wash away food particles and bacteria.
- Chew Sugarless Gum: Sugarless gum or sugarless candy can help stimulate saliva flow. The saliva helps remove food debris and bacteria.
- Snack on Carrots, Celery, or an Apple: Eating crispy fruits and vegetables is another way to step up your saliva flow. Also, an empty stomach from skipping meals can cause bad breath due to the buildup of stomach acid.
Bad breath is always lurking around the corner in case you allow it to pay a visit. But if you are diligent about these tips daily you can help ensure that it will be someone else’s unwanted guest to worry about.
About the Practice
At LIC Dental Associates, we’ve redesigned the patient experience to create a dental office that provides comprehensive, personalized care in a relaxing environment. Your health and comfort are always our priority. We offer top-tier amenities including hot neck and shoulder wraps, hot/cold face towels, a beverage and wine bar, plus much more. We know your schedule can get busy, so we offer evening hours multiple days per week and are open on Saturdays. We’ll do everything we can to help you defeat bad breath during your dental cleaning and exam, which you can schedule on our website or by calling (718) 530-6539.