Going to the dentist every six months and brushing daily help keep your mouth healthy. However, some people, no matter how diligent they are, still have oral health issues. One of the most common is chronic halitosis, or bad breath. This can be embarrassing and inconvenient. Fortunately, they are some simple home remedies that can relieve this problem.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water is one of the easiest ways to prevent bad breath. A dry mouth cannot produce saliva, causing bacteria to form odors. Side effects from certain medications or certain medical conditions can also cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can also occur while you’re asleep, so drinking some water first thing in the morning is essential.
Be Diligent About Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing daily are the most important actions to ward off bad breath. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily for at least two minutes. Flossing has become a bigger part of dental health maintenance. You should floss at least once a day to remove plaque and other odor causing bacteria.
Keep Your Tongue Clean
Cleaning your tongue helps to remove halitosis-causing compounds. These compounds form on your tongue and in your mouth and combine with bacteria. Cleaning your tongue regularly is important in fighting off bad breath. Rinsing daily with a minty mouthwash will also help keep your tongue clean and free of germs.
Eat Foods for Oral Health
Onions and garlic are two foods known for causing halitosis, so it is best to avoid them. Also, eliminating acidic or very sweet and sugary foods from your diet is recommended. Sugars and acids both increase production of bacteria and bad breath.
For any questions regarding combating halitosis or any other dental concerns, please contact the office of Dr. Scott Malik at 847-724-1771 or visit his website at scottmalikdds.com. Dr. Malik and his professional staff have been serving the Glenview area and keeping mouths healthy for many years.