You can’t see them, but you can sure feel, taste and even smell the hundreds of different types of germs that make their home in your mouth.
While many of these bacteria are harmless, others wreak havoc in the mouth causing tooth decay, inflammation of the gums and bad breath.
Let’s talk about bad breath. No one wants it, but everyone has it from time to time. Even though bad breath is a common condition and is oftentimes very embarrassing, it can also be an indicator of health problems in the mouth and/or rest of the body.
So what can you do to help fight bad breath as well as keep your mouth healthy?
Aside from ensuring that you are in the habit of brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day and flossing daily, you will also benefit from following these other 13 tips:
1. Clean your tongue! Bacteria love to hide in the hair-like filaments that make up tbe upper side of the tongue, so don’t forget to also clean your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper
2. Use an antiseptic mouth rinse once a day to help kill germs and fight bad breath
3. Reduce snacking in between meals. When you cut off the sugary food source that germs eat you also cut down on the number of acid attacks that occur in the mouth
4. Drink water often throughout the day to help wash away food particles and germs from the mouth and also prevent dry mouth
5. Eating a piece of sugarless candy or chewing sugarless gum will help stimulate saliva flow to wash away food debris and bacteria
6. Do not sip on sugary drinks or coffee/tea with milk, cream and/or sugar frequently or all day long
7. Consume alcohol and coffee in moderation as they also tend to dry out the mouth
8. Speak to your doctor if you suspect that you have a dry mouth condition as it can be an indicator of a health issue or be a side effect of medication
9. Ensure that other medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease is monitored by your physician regularly and is under control
10. Quit smoking or using other tobacco products
11. Eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet that helps to control inflammation
12. Eating crispy, fresh fruits and vegetables also increases your saliva flow to help wash away other food debris and bacteria
13. Be aware that during illness and prolonged periods of hunger or fasting from meals, acids in the stomach can build up and cause foul breath also