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Got Bad Breath? Follow These 5 Tips to Get Rid of It

November 15, 2017

Got Bad Breath? Follow These 5 Tips to Get Rid of ItNo one wants to deal with bad breath. Most people who have it pop mints, chew gum, or gargle with mouthwash to try and get rid of it. Unfortunately, those methods aren’t usually effective and even if they are, they only last for a few minutes. Read on to learn more about how you can get rid of bad breath at its root.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  2. Most people brush their teeth at least once a day. At California Dental Group, we find that people are most likely to remember to brush before they leave the house in the morning. However, the second time a day can be harder to remember. We suggest making it part of your nighttime routine. Whatever else you do at night, whether washing your face, getting the next day’s clothes ready, or putting the kids to bed, make a point of adding brushing your teeth to the list.

  3. Floss at once a day
  4. Many people have no idea that flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. Remember that your toothbrush can’t get to each and every part of your mouth. The bristles are neither flexible enough or small enough to do so. Floss gets in and gets rid of plaque that’s building up between your teeth. This not only prevents bad breath, but it can help prevent gum disease too.

  5. See your dentist
  6. Most people need a dental exam and cleaning twice a year. This will allow us to give you a deep clean that can improve your breath. We can also determine any underlying dental issues that may be causing or contributing to your bad breath.

  7. Take a look at your diet
  8. Some foods can help improve your breath while others can make it worse. Some foods that can cause short-term bad breath include onions, certain meats, garlic, and any dish that’s heavily seasoned. After the food gets into your bloodstream, you’ll be breathing it out of your longs. This isn’t going to go away until the food is out of your body entirely.

    Foods that can improve your breath include any type of fruit that has a lot of vitamin C as well as veggies that have a lot of fiber. That fiber encourages your mouth to produce saliva, which helps get rid of any food particles stuck in your teeth.

  9. Don’t smoke
  10. You already know all the health risks associated with smoking – don’t forget about the fact that it contributes to bad breath and can even cause gum disease. If you smoke today, try to quit. Your health and breath while thank you.

There are some things that can get rid of temporary bad breath, but if you want to make sure that your breath is as fresh as possible, follow the above tips. If you’re due for a dental exam, reach out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 and let us help you get the sparkling smile you wish you had.

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