#1: Maintain Good Dental Hygiene to Prevent Bad Breath
The best way to prevent bad breath is, quite simply, to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. This helps prevent plaque, a sticky build-up harboring bacteria that cause bad breath (and cavities).
Adding a third brush after your midday meal isn’t a terrible idea, but you also don’t want to brush so much that you wear down your tooth enamel.
And for bonus points, don’t forget to brush or scrape your tongue. There’s a natural coating that forms on your tongue that can serve as a home for lots of bad-breath-inducing bacteria. Brushing your tongue on a regular basis can help.
#2: Consider Using Mouthwash to Prevent Bad Breath
Mouthwash doesn’t take the place of brushing and flossing, but it does add an extra layer of protection against the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Even just swishing some water around your mouth after a meal can help unlodge food particles that get stuck between your teeth when you eat.
#3: Drink Your Water to Prevent Bad Breath
You know you should be drinking water anyway — traditional guidelines suggest at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day — but you may not have known that doing so can help prevent bad breath. Saliva helps break down food particles in your mouth; it’s the first step in the digestive process. Drinking enough water helps prevent dry mouth, which in turn can cause bad breath.
If You Have Persistent Bad Breath
If you try all the tips above and still have bad breath, it’s time to see your dentist. Your dentist can rule out any dental problems (cavities, gum disease, etc.). Persistent bad breath can be related to many other serious health conditions, from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to diabetes or even cancer or heart failure, so it’s important to see your doctor if dental reasons are ruled out as the cause of bad breath.
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