It’s easy to improve your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time. Try these simple steps to make your mouth feel fresh and clean.
- Brush and floss more often.
Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath. Trapped food also adds to the problem.
Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once.
- Rinse your mouth out.
Besides freshening your breath, a mouthwash adds extra protection by getting rid of bacteria.
You can also help your breath if you swish your mouth with plain water after you eat. It can get rid of food particles that get stuck in your teeth.
- Scrape your tongue.
The coating that normally forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush.
- Avoid foods that sour your breath.
- Kick the tobacco habit.
- Skip after-dinner mints and chew gum instead.
- Keep your gums healthy.
- Moisten your mouth.
- See your doctor.
If your bad breath continues despite your best efforts, make an appointment with your doctor. He’ll check to see if your problems are related to a medical condition.