Do you suffer from the embarrassment of bad breath? For those who suffer from chronic bad breath, or those who just want to avoid it, Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS of Holmdel, NJ is offering tips. Read on to learn how bad breath is caused and how to keep it away.
Bad breath is caused from bacteria in your mouth. There are certain kinds of bacteria that cause odor and the foods we eat can contribute to them. Foul-smelling breath can also be worsened by a dry mouth. Stinky bacteria thrive in dry conditions.
In order to keep bacteria at bay and your breath fresh, make sure to keep a clean mouth and a wet whistle. Brushing and cleaning tongue twice per day and flossing afetr each meal will keep plaque and debris away. When brushing, make sure to hit all the surfaces of your mouth, especially your tongue. The tongue has hair-like taste buds where bacteria love to hide. Keep hydrated by getting in your daily water recommendation every day. Break up your water drinking throughout the day so you stay evenly hydrated.
Avoid drinks that dry out the mouth like alcohol and caffeine, especially if you have an event you want fresh breath for; like a meeting or a car ride with a close passenger. If you do need a boost of caffeine, try green tea. It still has caffeine, but it hydrates you and has properties that fight bad breath bacteria!
Part of keeping good oral hygiene is routine cleanings from your dentist! To schedule with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS of Holmdel, NJ, call our office at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website, www.dentistnj.com.