It can be embarrassing to be out on date night with less than fresh breath, especially when that foul feeling involves a chronic condition known as halitosis. Yet, we want you to know that this is a common problem for which we can provide treatments, advice, and product recommendations so that your smile can return to a healthier state ASAP. Keep reading, to hear some good tips for dealing with bad breath, and then be sure to call 256-229-3416 to schedule your visit to East Limestone Family Dental or request your next appointment in Athens, AL online.

Mints Make It Worse

Sure, a mint can cover up a bad flavor briefly, so that you can go on with your evening. This is the reason why many area restaurants provide them after you’ve finished with dinner. However, this is actually bad in the long run since most mints are comprised of sugar. After the mint has dissolved in your mouth, all that remians is a sugary residue that actually feeds the bacteria that has been causing your oral health and bad breath problems all along.

Flossing Is Key

Overcoming bad breath is actually a matter of eradicating oral bacteria. Brushing is a good place to start. But flossing is also a necessity. You should attempt to floss twice a day or more to drive bacteria out from the hard-to-get regions in-between your teeth. That will go a long way.

Don’t Forget Your Tongue

Many people make the mistake of overlooking the tongue when working on their daily hygiene routine. If you are afflicted with chronic bad breath, you should take some time to scrape and brush your tongue twice a day. Try it when you brush and floss.

Remember To Hydrate

Water does a body good. And we now know that keeping yourself hydrated is one of the best things you can do to ward off bad breath. This is because saliva naturally eliminates bacteria in your mouth that is causing the bad breath. In order for saliva to be produced, you need to drink plenty of water.

Call Dr. Fitts Today

During your dental checkup appointments, which should happen twice a year, we will always set you up with professional teeth cleanings and oral exams to evaluate the overall condition of your mouth, and check for any signs of emerging problems, while offering solid and affordable solutions to anything you might be confronted with, including bad breath.

If you are in need of help with bad breath, or merely want to prevent that condition from taking hold, just get in touch with Dr. Fitts as he is always ready to help! You can do that by calling 256-229-3416 to schedule your appointment at East Limestone Family Dental or you can request your next visit to our Athens, AL office online.