Have you noticed how busy our lives are today and how the hurry up lifestyle has contributed to many of our stresses and health-related problems? Have you ever considered that perhaps our lifestyle is perhaps at fault for bad breath when it happens? Think about how often you brush your teeth? Did you brush before heading out the door this morning? Be honest now, we all tend to be late for work or school or early morning appointments and grab a bite as we head out the door. We tend to be going, going, going all day long with not much time to take a break much less pay attention to our dental health. Is it any wonder so many of us are being told we have bad breath? Is your lifestyle contributing to bad breath and if so how can you make corrections?
Bad breath is embarrassing and if we can prevent it many of us would take the time to do so after the fact. How about making an effort to make changes now in our daily routines that can make a huge difference not only in whether or not we get caught having bad breath but in order to improve upon the health of our mouth?
Here are some steps we can take right now to improve upon the health of our mouth and prevent bad breath.
Take the time to brush your teeth after eating even if this means taking a portable toothbrush and toothpaste with you in your purse or briefcase and sneaking off into the restroom at the end of your lunch break. Don’t get much of a lunch break? Carry sugarless gum or sugarless hard candy with you to chew or suck on after a meal so that you can stimulate saliva. Saliva helps to freshen and clean our mouth. Stimulating saliva production is the next best thing to brushing but is not a substitute for daily oral care.
Floss your teeth at least once a day with the best time being before going to sleep at night. Flossing removes those particles of food stuck in-between your teeth that you missed when brushing during the day. Remember to rub sideways against the sides of each tooth gently so as not to cause damage to your gums.
Brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. A dirty tongue is a major cause of bad breath. The dirtiest part of your tongue is the back of your tongue where post-nasal drip can accumulate as it passes down the throat. You can clean your tongue with a soft toothbrush and mouthwash or scrape it with a tongue scraper or a plastic spoon.
If you wear dentures or other dental appliances make sure you clean them on a daily basis.
Drink lots of water every day. It is recommended to drink at least 8 – 8 oz. glasses of water every day. Drinks that include caffeine or soda drinks do not count as water. Beverages made from water that do not include caffeine can be counted in this daily water count.
Eat foods that contain fiber because these rough foods can naturally brush the back of your tongue on their way down your throat.
Use a new toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or when you notice wear if that comes sooner.
Make sure you see your dentist for regular checkups so that bad breath can be detected early.
Chewing fresh parsley can also make your breath smell good.