Having bad breath can be mortifying. What can be even worse is knowing that you have it but being unable to rid yourself of it. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to achieve fresh breath. To learn more, consult the following list provided by your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong.
Tips for Achieving Fresh Breath
- Don’t neglect flossing. Many people brush their teeth at least twice a day. However, fewer people floss with regularity. Unfortunately, if you do not floss your teeth, you can leave harmful and bad-breath-causing bacteria between your teeth. In general, bad breath is caused by bacteria. Thus, if you are serious about freshening your breath, dental floss can be a very useful tool.
- Don’t resort to sugary gums or mints. Gums and mints may freshen your breath for a short time. However, many of them contain a significant amount of sugar. Unfortunately, sugar feeds bacteria in the mouth, which is the exact opposite of what you want to do to achieve fresh breath. Therefore, if you are looking for a product that will help you avoid bad breath, look for an anti-bacterial mouthwash. You will have much better results if you are eliminating bacteria rather than feeding them
- Attend dental cleanings with regularity. When bacteria form plaque (a clear, sticky film), they can be very difficult to remove from teeth. Thus, you may be struggling with bad breath despite regular brushing and flossing. If this is the case, attending a dental cleaning can be very beneficial. During a dental cleaning, your teeth will be cleaned by a professional hygienist with access to a variety of tools that are useful in scraping away stubborn plaque. With plaque gone, your breath should be fresher. Just remember to attend a dental cleanings once every six months.
Schedule a Visit with Your 50007 Dentist
Are you in need of a dental cleaning? Has it been six months since your last visit? If so, contact your 50007 dentist, Dr. Hussong, today by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001 to schedule an appointment or a consultation. Located in the 50007 area, we proudly welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.