Keeping your mouth free of bacteria and particles of food is the secret to fresh breath. It sounds simple enough, but it can get tricky because there will always be some level of bacteria in your mouth. There are a lot of things that can cause bacteria to grown and for your breath to turn bad, but there are also a lot of things you can do to counteract that bacteria.
Dr. Clara Nguyen of Coastal Dental Group located in Cypress, CA recommends brushing twice daily and believes keeping your mouth healthy will lead to good smelling breath. Dentists believe you can do a lot of things to keep your breath fresh but it all starts with keeping it clean and as free of bacteria as possible.
Brushing and flossing are the most basic, best ways to keep your breath fresh, Dr. Nguyen said. Nearly everyone at least brushes their teeth and that helps a lot. If you don’t floss, adding that to your routine will help get rid of tiny food particles that can create bacteria leading to bad breath. It is also important to not skip brushing at night. Just about everyone brushes their teeth in the morning to get a fresh start on the day, but sometimes people may be tempted to skip it at night. Skipping the night time brushing allows for more buildup of bacteria, and worse breath. That means your morning brush has more to do in order to fight off the bacteria buildup, Dr. Nguyen added.
Cypress dentist Dr. Clara Nguyen can also help you with getting cavities fixed, which also has an impact on fresh breath.
Brushing your tongue is also a good idea for the same reason. There are tiny particles of bacteria that develop in the tongue and giving it a good cleansing will help cut down on the level of bacteria. Be careful not to brush your tongue too hard as you could damage your taste buds. A gentle brushing with toothpaste should do the job. Generally, as long is it doesn’t feel uncomfortable, you are probably not brushing too hard.
Many people like a minty, fresh tasting toothpaste which does give you a feeling of a fresh and clean mouth and may indeed improve breath on the short term. However, it can also make you feel cleaner than you really are.
There are some other things you can do as well, such as avoiding garlic and onions. These two tasty items end up getting into the bloodstream and can come out as you exhale, no matter how many times you brush. Eating them sparingly should be fine, but just realize they can cause bad breath.
Coffee and alcohol both promote a dryness in the mouth, and that leads to the development of bacteria which causes bad breath. It may sound counter intuitive but anything that dries your mouth out is not good for your breath. It is also important to drink a lot of water for the same reason.