Check out our suggestions, then call us today at 812-884-8304 for a dental cleaning or other breath-improving treatment.
- Brush and Floss Every Day – You can’t have fresh breath if you don’t brush and floss daily. It’s how you get rid of plaque, the bacteria-filled film that covers your teeth and causes bad breath. You can add an antibacterial mouth rinse to make these habits even more effective. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, since bacteria accumulates there.
- Get Cleanings and Exams – Even with daily brushing and flossing, you’ll need to see us every six months for an exam and cleaning. We’ll remove the plaque you’ve missed at home. We’ll also check for underlying causes of bad breath, like cavities and gum disease.
- Stop Smoking – The smoke that lingers in your mouth smells bad. Plus, chemicals in tobacco products interact with saliva to create an unpleasant smell. And smoking dries out your mouth, which also contributes to bad breath. Improving your breath is a good reason to stop smoking. Bonus: your overall health will improve too.
- Watch What You Eat – Garlic and onions aren’t the only foods that can cause foul breath. Bacteria thrive in acidic environments, so you should rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking acidic substances. Dairy products like cheese also contain substances that interact with bacteria. Again, rinsing with water will help stop bad breath.
- Keep Dentures and Aligners Clean – It’s important to regularly clean dentures and orthodontic aligners. Bacteria collect on them, which creates a bad odor.
- Treat Dental Problems – Bad breath is one of the symptoms of gum disease. If you have gum disease, we will eliminate it with a deep cleaning treatment. Cavities and infected teeth can also cause bad breath. If you have a toothache or think you may have a cavity, call us right away.
- Keep Saliva Flowing – Since saliva washes away bacteria, it helps keep your breath fresh. Drink lots of water. Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless mints to promote saliva production.