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Do you worry about bad breath? Do you know what you can do to counter this problem?

While it’s normal to experience bad breath—everyone does occasionally—it isn’t a pleasant experience. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do.

The most important thing you can do is practice good oral health. This includes brushing and flossing at home. Bad breath is often caused by food particles trapped in your plaque or by debris caught between your teeth. Using mouthwash and a tongue scraper can also remove even more bacteria, leaving your breath even fresher.

You should also consider what you put in your mouth—or at least the effect certain things can have on your breath. For example, did you know that if you smoke, some of the chemicals will stay in your mouth and affect your breath? Similarly, if you eat foods like garlic and onions, the substances that cause bad breath can literally move through your bloodstream and into your lungs? If these substances do reach your gums, you may suffer from bad breath.

Finally, instead of eating a mint after you eat, try sugarless gum. Chewing gum will promote saliva flow which will carry bacteria out of your mouth. Conversely, mints contain sugar which can ultimately lead to bad breath and weaker teeth.  Also, try keeping your mouth wet. Drinking water or using a humidifier could help.

Again, if you try these tips but your breath still returns, please visit your dentist. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us, feel free to give us a call.