If you’ve got bad breath, also called halitosis, you want to get rid of it immediately. But why not take it a step further and take action to prevent halitosis before it happens.
Sticking to a consistent daily oral hygiene routine may help eliminate the problem completely. Here are six things we recommend to keep bad breath from making its way into your mouth:
1. Brush twice a day
Brushing for two minutes—twice daily—helps remove the plaque and bacteria that can result in bad breath. Try using an Oral-B® Electric Toothbrush. They are more effective at removing plaque than standard brushes, and they come with two-minute timers.
2. Choose your toothpaste wisely
Crest® Complete Whitening Plus Scope Toothpaste is a great option to help prevent bad breath. It fights cavities and combines the whitening power of Crest with the freshening power of Scope Mouthwash to whiten teeth and freshen breath.
3. Floss regularly
Does flossing help with bad breath? You bet. Flossing really does make a difference in your oral hygiene. If you want to avoid bad breath from food particles stuck in between your teeth, get some floss around your fingers and go to work to prevent bad breath. Flossing can help remove germs that can cause bad breath.
4. Use mouthwash
A little swishing is all it takes. Adding mouthwash to your daily routine is easy. Remember to follow all instructions. And if you don’t like the burn, try an alcohol-free version like Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Multi-Protection Clean Mint.
5. Try a tongue scraper
Brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth and gums clean, but don’t forget about your tongue. Bacteria can easily find its way into the tiny crevices on the tongue’s surface. Using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria can be even more effective than using a toothbrush in creating a clean tongue.
6. Drink more water
A dry mouth can quickly lead to bad breath and is often the culprit of morning breath. Make sure you stay hydrated and keep a glass of water on your nightstand for a quick reach when you wake up.
If you continue to have bad breath, be sure to talk to your dentist and hygienist. It could be a sign of a larger underlying health problem.