Before you get up close and personal with the people in your life, do you check the breath that you will be sharing with them? One of the number one turn-offs between spouses, friends, and new people you meet is the way your breath smells. For some, it’s about more than just the tuna fish or garlic bread they had for lunch, halitosis (bad breath) is an everyday struggle. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to prevent halitosis from becoming a problem.

1) Drink More Water – Keeping your mouth hydrated will help clear the bacteria from your mouth.

2) Floss – Halitosis is caused by bacteria. Using floss is a great way to remove bacteria from the nooks and crannies of your mouth.

3) Clean Your Tongue – Bacteria often builds up on one of the most-forgotten areas of the mouth: the tongue. Use a tongue scraper and brush to remove foul-smelling bacteria.

4) Avoid Mints – Grabbing a mint seems like a no-brainer, but mints can actually add to the problem by feeding the bacteria with more sugar. Instead, reach for sugar-free gum that will freshen your breath without adding to the bacteria problem.

Halitosis is an embarrassing condition that millions of people deal with on a daily basis. These few tips can help you get ahead of bad breath. If you are still having problems, it’s best to see a dentist as there could be something more serious going on. Contact us today to set up your next appointment, and let us know how we can help you have a healthier smile!

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