Do friends and neighbors, small children and even pets flee for no reason whenever you draw near? It is time to fresh those exhalations. You will need a toothbrush or an automatic toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and water or mouthwash. Sugarless candy, sugarless gum or breath mints are optional.
Brush your teeth and floss regularly to help remove odor-causing bacteria and food particles that could be rotting. Gently brush the top of your tongue every time you finish brushing your teeth. Rinse your mouth well with 2 in 1 dental flosser. Rinse with water or mouthwash to flush out any particles you’ve dislodged. If you wear dentures or retainers, clean them thoroughly. The smell could be lurking there.
Examine your diet to see if the following items could be the culprits such as onions, cabbage, cheese, spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine and certain vitamins and medications. Even though brushing your teeth will temporarily remove the odor from the offensive foods, the scent is originating inside you and will return unless you cut the food from your diet.
If you smoke, stop smoking. Drink plenty of water and suck on sugarless candy if you commonly have a dry mouth. Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning or check-up or sooner if these steps won’t help. He or she can help figure out what’s causing the problem and devise a treatment plan to get rid of it. Certain medical conditions can cause bad breath, so you dentist might refer you to a doctor.
Use mouthwash, sugarless gum or breath mints to help mask bad breath. But don’t let that stop you from getting to the root of the problem. Your loved one and anyone else in striking distance will thank you.