How to Prevent Bad Breath
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily are of the utmost importance in your fight against bad breath, according to the AGD. Try using Colgate® Total® Advanced Toothpaste to reduce bacteria. Plaque is one of the main reasons for bad breath. This sticky film can harbor bacteria. Because your tongue is covered with thousands of tiny hairs that can also trap bacteria, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush as well. You can also use a tongue scraper, which applies even pressure across the surface of the tongue area to remove bacteria or food debris. In addition, try using an anti-bacterial mouthwash, such as Colgate® Total® Advanced Pro-Shield™ , to reduce plaque and bacteria. Make sure to visit the dentist twice each year for cleanings because bacteria from plaque creates a bad odor in the mouth.
Lack of saliva can also lead to bad breath. Saliva cleanses the mouth and removes particles that can cause bad odors. If your mouth is dry, try drinking more water during the day, chew sugarless gum or suck sugarless logenzes to increase the flow of saliva.
If you smoke, try to kick the habit. Smoking wreaks havoc with your breath, damages gum tissue, stains teeth and increases your risk of oral cancer.
Sometimes, bad breath can be a symptom of medical conditions such as allergies and sinus infections. Nasal washes can also be an effective treatment for post nasal drip. In some cases, antibiotics might be required to treat a sinus infection. Utilizing these methods can help eliminate the cause of halitosis in order to keep your breath fresh and clean!