It can ruin a day in no time at all and stick around even after you’ve tried everything to get rid of it. Bad breath, also referred to as halitosis, is a common symptom that many people suffer from and can be caused by a number of things including cavities, certain foods, and even medication. But fortunately, there is a way to stop it in its tracks. With regular visits to the dentist, healthy daily habits, and proper oral hygiene, you can help freshen up that bad breath for good.

Brush twice a day

Along with the many other benefits of brushing your teeth twice a day, you will also notice a change when it comes to getting rid of bad breath. This is a great way to kick that “morning breath” before you start your day, and brushing in the evening will ensure that there isn’t anything left over that may be causing your bad breath.

Floss daily

Beyond brushing your teeth, flossing can get to those tough to reach places that may have been missed. Flossing after every meal will help reduce the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Try carrying dental floss in your purse or storing it in your car or work desk to make it even easier!

Avoid certain foods & drinks

Alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and highly processed foods like cookies, cake, and sweets are often the main culprits of odor-causing bacteria. Try eating foods that are rich in fiber and replacing your coffee with green or black tea.

Use mouthwash

This is a quick fix to eliminate bad breath, but make sure you are using a mouthwash that is alcohol-free. Alcohol-based mouthwashes are known to dry your mouth even more, causing bad breath to become even worse.

Drink plenty of water

Stay hydrated! Drinking water will help speed up the process of cleaning out harmful bacteria in your mouth and in between your teeth and will deodorize unpleasant odors.

Call your dentist

Visiting the dentist regularly will help maintain your oral health and curb bad breath. If your bad breath is chronic, it is recommended that you set up an appointment with your dentist right away to pinpoint the root of the problem and rule out any harmful issues that may occur.

Are you suffering from halitosis? Make sure to request an appointment online or call the Creason & Weber office at (616) 842-0822.