Let’s face it, everyone wants to have professional breath control without having to see the dentist every week. No one wants their embarrassing coffee breath or garlic breath to stick around for long, especially when you are socializing or at work. Here are some simple steps you can take at home toward professional breath control.
Flossing is an obvious but very important tip to help you have better breath. As dentists, we encourage you to floss for a variety of reasons but good breath is a plus of flossing every day. Food and bacteria get stuck between your teeth and the longer they sit, the worse the smell gets. Ensure you floss every day by investing in on-the-go floss sticks or by making a habit of flossing after you eat.
Brush Your Teeth… and Your Tongue
We all know the importance of brushing our teeth every morning and evening. But, what is sometimes forgotten or what may even seem weird, is the importance of brushing your tongue, too. It may feel strange at first, but your tongue harbors a lot of bacteria that your saliva can’t always wash away on its own. And that bacteria causes bad breath! So, aim for professional breath control and make a habit of brushing your tongue gently every day. You can even invest in a tongue scraper!
Surprisingly, drinking water is crucial to having good breath. Water flushes out toxins that can remain in your mouth and is good for the rest of your body as well! Try to replace sugary sodas or coffee with water as much as possible.
Chew on Fresh Mint and Parsley
Instead of choosing gum, choose to munch on fresh herbs. They are a great natural way to freshen your breath. You can take them with you in a zip-loc bag to keep them fresh. The combination of mint and parsley will leave your breath smelling minty and eliminate odors. Parsley is great because it contains chlorophyll which helps battle the rotten egg smell occasionally encountered.
Eat Your Fruit and Veggies
Fruit and vegetables are crucial to a well-balanced diet but they are also good for your breath. Naturally crunchy and healthy foods, such as apples, work as their own kind of brush when you chew them. Thus, they remove bacteria off your teeth and help you maintain the best breath possible.
Of course, the best way to achieve professional breath control is to consult your family dentist, like the ones at Sair Dental Group. Give one of our experienced dentists a call today to see how we can help you have the freshest breath possible!