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womancoveringmouthIf you are dealing with bad breath, you may feel that you’re at a bit of a standstill. It’s embarrassing, after all, to grapple with malodorous breath and quite frustrating when you’re not sure what to do about it. Keep in mind that if your commitment to dental hygiene has wavered recently, one brushing session might not clear up bad breath. Give it a couple days of dedicated focus and follow a few helpful suggestions. If you don’t see the results you want, give us a call. We will seek out the problem and guide you back toward a clean, nice-smelling mouth.

Suggestion #1: Stop Eating Pungent Foods

There are strong smelling foods and then there are those foods that can knock your socks off! If you’ve been eating garlic, onions, or other foods known to cause bad breath, do yourself a favor and avoid them for a while. If your breath is fresh again, you’ll know it was the food.

Suggestion #2: Brush Regularly

If you are skipping brushing sessions, the food particles left in your mouth as well as bacteria will combine to form terrible breath. By brushing two times a day (in the morning and at night), your dental hygiene keeps your smile healthy, so your breath remains fresh. (Hint: You need to brush your tongue, too!)

Suggestion #3: Floss Daily

Did you think you could get away with just brushing for your daily dental hygiene? You need to floss every day, too – just once! This will remove additional plaque (primarily from between your teeth) that your brush misses. Remember that the bacteria in plaque create yucky odors, so a clean smile is a fresh-smelling smile.