Author:Dr. George Orfaly
Bad breath, also called halitosis, is a common problem that causes many to be self-conscious and embarrassed. We are often asked how to eliminate bad breath so today we want to share some helpful tips.
Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day will help prevent the bacteria that cause bad breath to grow. Brushing more than twice a day would not hurt either.
Flossing at least once a day gives you a fresh feeling in the mouth. By flossing, you can remove food debris and bacteria in between your teeth that can cause bad breath. A good practice is to floss before brushing. This helps in the effective removal of plaque.
Often bacteria that cause bad breath hide between your taste buds and grooves on the back of your tongue so brushing there will help remove that bacteria.
Dental mouthwashes help climate the bacteria that cause bad odors and are often flavored with mint which will freshen your breath. Mouthwash is a good complement to brushing and flossing, and should not be used in place of either.
By drinking 50 to 70 ounces of water daily you will help to prevent bad breath by washing away food pieces and bacteria and keeping your mouth moist. A dry mouth can contribute to bad breath.
Having a piece of sugarless candy or gum helps increase your saliva flow which in turn will wash away food particles and bacteria.
Smoking dries out your mouth which will lead to bad breath. Also, tobacco leaves an unpleasant odor and dries out your mouth leaving a lingering unpleasant taste that persists even after brushing.
Having your teeth professionally cleaned will help remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar which cause bad breath. If you have chronic bad breath it is important to see your dentist and ensure there isn’t an underlying dental condition that is causing the odor. We are here to perform the deep dive to help you monitor and maintain your oral health.
Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
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