Get Rid of Bad Breath Before the Holidays

The holidays are a time for catching up with old friends and celebrating with loved ones. But all the greeting and goodbyes you’ll be doing are sure to put you in close proximity with other people, and the last thing you need is to worry about is your breath.

if you suffer from halitosis, the dentists at Amazing Smile Dental in Langley can help.

Cause of Bad Breath

If you only have bad breath once in a while, it’s probably caused by something you ate or drank. To avoid a potentially embarrassing situation, avoid the following food and drinks before your holiday celebrations.

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Dairy products
  • Horseradish
  • Spices
  • Coffee
  • Red wine

If you have chronic bad breath, there’s likely a deeper cause behind it, the most common one being poor oral hygiene. The bacteria that builds up on your teeth and gums can smell terrible, and also cause gum disease and tooth decay, both of which also lead to halitosis. Other possible reasons include dry mouth, smoking, some medications, low-carbohydrate/high-protein diets, and certain medical conditions.

Getting Rid of Bad Breath at Home

If you want to eliminate your bad breath, follow these tips:

  • Brush your teeth and floss more often. You should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing once, but if you have chronic halitosis, try brushing your teeth after each meal, and flossing twice a day.
  • Clean your tongue. Your tongue harbours many bacteria, so make it a habit to brush your tongue when you do your teeth. If your toothbrush is too big to reach the back of your tongue, try a scraper designed to clean the tongue. 
  • Don’t smoke. Not only is smoking terrible for your health, teeth and gums, but it also makes your breath smell bad because stale smoke seeps out from your lungs for hours after smoking a cigarette.
  • Drink lots of water. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep your mouth hydrated and rinse away food particles from your teeth and gums.

How Can a Dentist Help?

Part of proper oral care includes visiting a Langley dentist twice a year for a teeth cleaning and checkup. Not only will the dental team make sure your teeth are clean and healthy, they’ll also be able to screen you for other possible causes of bad breath, like gum disease or digestive issues.

Family Dentistry in Langley & Surrey

Amazing Smile Dental clinic offers a wide range of services, from teeth cleaning and checkups to cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. If you’re worried about your bad breath, make an appointment with us today!
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