Kalaheo Dental Group
Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS and Dr. Ron Quade, DDS

3 Easy Solutions for Bad Breath

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Have bad breath that won’t go away? The problem may be more than the type of foods you eat, so today we’re going to share some tips for keeping your breath clean and fresh.

We all experience bad breath occasionally, which is usually the result of eating smelly foods like garlic and onions. This can be embarrassing, but it’s not a big deal; you pop a breath mint or sugarless gum, brush as soon as you get home, and that’s it.

But if you experience bad breath that just won’t go away, you might need to be more proactive than just gargling with mouthwash every day.

Remember to Brush Your Tongue

Sounds crazy, but food debris can sit on your tongue and cause a strong odor. Invest in a tongue scraper and use it every time you brush your teeth. You can also try using your toothbrush, but this can be a challenge for those with a strong gag reflex.

Drink Plenty of Water

If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, you may experience dry mouth. And when there isn’t enough saliva in your mouth to wash away bacteria and food particles, the result is bad breath. Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your day.

Brush After Every Meal

Food that sits on your teeth and isn’t removed during brushing will give off odors and leave you with bad breath. Be sure to brush after every meal and at bedtime.

Call Kalaheo Dental

In most cases, bad breath can be eliminated, but it may also be a symptom of a more significant problem like gum disease, so please call your dentist in Kalaheo, HI to arrange an appointment. We’ll perform a professional cleaning and give you tips for keeping your breath smelling sweet and fresh.