Bad breath (or halitosis) is something that ails everyone—especially in the morning time. However, other than inevitable bad breath, patients can learn to minimize their bouts of halitosis by taking a few simple measures throughout the day.
Here, Dr. Brad Greenfield, your Rochester Hills, MI dentist shares some tips to reduce bad breath at any time.
Learn to Eliminate Bad Breath During the Day
- Drink lots of water. A dry mouth is oftentimes the key culprit to bad breath. When your mouth is dry, this allows odor-causing oral bacteria to thrive. With an increased about of bacteria, you’re bound to have bad breath. To avoid this from happening, your Rochester Hills, MI dentist suggests drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
- Rinse regularly. Eliminating lingering food particles is also essential in maintaining fresh breath. For this reason, dentists recommend rinsing your mouth a few times during the day. While patients can do this with mouthwash, using water works, too. However, if you choose to use mouthwash, an alcohol-free variety is best since those don’t cause a dry mouth.
- Keep the salivary glands productive. With more saliva in your mouth, you’re less susceptible to developing halitosis, which is why maintaining your salivary glands active is important. Chewing gum or having a breath mint works wonders, just make sure to use the sugar-free types to ward off cavities. Additionally, patients can reap the same benefits from chewing mint or parsley leaves, which have been known for their breath freshening abilities.
- Clean your teeth correctly. Completing a teeth cleaning regimen each day—specifically after each meal—removes food particles and eliminates bad breath. Thus, your Rochester Hills, MI dentist recommends brushing, flossing, even rinsing shortly after eating for improved breath.
Fresh Breath Tips from Lake Orion Family Dentistry
If you would like more information on how to maintain fresh breath throughout the day, talk to Dr. Greenfield. He can share more tips and tricks to ensure your breath isn’t affected by halitosis. To schedule an appointment with your Rochester Hills, MI dentist, call (248) 693-6213. Also, visit our website for services, patient forms, and smile gallery. We happily serve patients in Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Oxford, Lake Orion, and neighboring communities.