There’s no denying it, there’s no hiding from it, and when it decides to stick around, there’s no ignoring it—bad breath is embarrassing. Though not a dental issue itself, bad breath can signify a number of things, from something as harmless as a pungent meal to something as serious as a chronic systemic disease. While most people experience malodorous breath in the morning, brushing and flossing your teeth can typically eradicate it so you can face the day with confidence. If your bad breath persists into the day, however, then try these tips from your Southlake dentists, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron, to help keep your breath fresh longer.
Fresh Breath, All Day Long
- Don’t forget to floss—You’re probably aware that brushing your teeth is important for fresh breath, but “forgetting to floss” can be tempting when you’re rushing to get started in the morning. Unfortunately, the food debris and bacterial plaque that contribute to bad breath can hide out between your teeth and on the surface of your tongue, tainting your breath even after you’ve done such a great job brushing. Flossing is the only way to remove these harmful substances from the tight spaces between your teeth.
- Eat breakfast in the morning—Sometimes, morning breath can be rank enough to make you head straight for your toothbrush first thing. Before you do, though, try eating a well-balanced breakfast first. When you sleep, your saliva production is seriously reduced, allowing oral bacteria to amass in force overnight (including those responsible for bad breath). Eating breakfast can stimulate your saliva flow and help you better rid your mouth of bad-breath causing germs.
- Drink plenty of water—Eating helps facilitate your flow of saliva, but snacking continuously all day can place your teeth at a significantly increased risk of tooth decay. Instead, drink plenty of water to periodically rinse your mouth and keep it hydrated and salivated.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.