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How to Make Your Breath Smell Good

August 31, 2022

Bad breath exists. Whether the cause is the morning, diet, or overall oral hygiene, everybody’s guilty of stinky breath from time to time. However, if it happens to you more than you’d like, you might want to make an appointment with a Lake Worth dentist. Besides treating the root cause of bad breath, they’ll help you keep your breath smelling good.

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Ways to Maintain Good-Smelling Breath

Proper Oral Hygiene

Research shows that 90% of bad breath results from bacteria in the mouth. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day can make a big difference. While at it, remember not to brush too hard to avoid causing damage to your tooth enamel.

It’s also best to floss once daily. Flossing your teeth allows you to remove plaque and food particles stuck between them. Finish off by rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Watch What You Eat

Foods such as garlic and onion can make your breath smell bad. These foods contain sulfur compounds that enter the bloodstream, travel to your lungs, and give off a smelly odor when you breathe. Since it takes time for your body to get these chemicals out of your system, you can’t completely eliminate the stink even if you brush your teeth or use mouthwash.

Keep Your Mouth Moist

Since your saliva helps wash away bad breath-causing food debris, it plays a significant role in cleaning your mouth. Keeping your mouth moist by increasing your fluid intake increases your body’s salivary production. Conversely, dehydration inhibits this process and leads to a condition called xerostomia or dry mouth.

Drinking plenty of water and chewing sugarless gum are two of the best ways to keep your mouth moist and nasty breath at bay. Consistent water intake allows you to supply your salivary glands they need to protect your mouth and produce healthy saliva. Likewise, masticatory stimulation such as gum chewing triggers your salivary glands to produce more fluid.

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If everything fails, you’ll want to make an appointment with Dr. Miguel Ferrer, DDS. He brings over two decades of experience to the dental chair. Contact us today!

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