Bad Breath & You – How to Break Up

Bad Breath & You – How to Break Up

Posted by MILLPOND FAMILY DENTAL Feb 01,2024

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Imagine you’re at an interview or on a date. You’re smiling, feeling like you are going to nail this and WOUPS! The minute you start talking, they catch a whiff of a bad odor and it immediately turns a great moment into a smelly situation.

One of the most common causes of bad breath is the buildup of germs and bacteria inside your mouth. When it is not cleaned regularly, over time a condition known as halitosis or persistent bad breath ensues. But have no fear! In this blog post, we will discuss what causes bad breath and give a few pointers on how to prevent it!

Poor Hygiene

One the most common causes of bad breath is food buildup in your mouth. Whenever you eat, small particles of food can stick to your teeth and sometimes become lodged in-between. This causes bacteria to build up inside your mouth and hence, a smelly smell comes out when you’re talking. Now you know why your coworkers make that face when you greet them in the morning!

Brushing & flossing after every meal helps remove the tiny food particles & will prevent bad breath. If you’re out and about, we recommend drinking water to flush away leftover food or using Colgate Wisp Max Fresh Mini Toothbrushes

Alcohol and Bad Breath: BFFs

We know, we know – it’s sad to say but it’s the truth! When one consumes alcohol, you burp. That in turn leads to a reflux of acids and chemicals from inside your body that find their way to your mouth.  Research has shown that this is actually the #1 leading cause of bad breath, especially in the U.S.
We recommend staying hydrated, of course. But, if it is 5 o’clock somewhere, make sure that you use the tried and true TheraBreath mouthwash after brushing.

Skipping Breakfast is a NO GO

Have you woken up and your mouth feels so dry and you can almost taste the stench? Well, the saliva is a naturally occurring substance in our body that keeps your mouth clean. As we sleep, everything almost takes a pause, which in turn makes things stagnant in our mouth. Eating a nice breakfast in the morning – even a quick one -  regenerates the saliva so that the digestive system can continue to do its job & get the juices flowing!

Making sure that you stay hydrated, focus on your hygiene routine (that includes getting your teeth cleaned every 6 months!) & eating in the morning will all contribute to a healthier smile & better breath. Now go get that job & finish that date!

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