Have you ever found yourself covering your mouth when you speak to others? If so, you may suffer from the dreaded “halitosis,” also known as bad breath. The good news—you’re not alone. In fact, this sometimes embarrassing condition is estimated to affect about 25% of people worldwide. While popping breath mints and swishing mouthwash can temporarily freshen breath, these solutions aren’t getting to the root of the problem.
Simple, Effective Solutions
Fortunately, there are simple and natural ways you can get fresher breath, including:
Brushing your tongue. As you regularly brush your teeth, scrub your tongue to remove bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.
Probiotics. According to international research, promoting helpful bacteria in the mouth may help you banish bad breath. Because your mouth can be a grow-zone for bacteria, probiotics (live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health) can be beneficial in diminishing germs that cause bad breath.
Rinse your mouth with baking soda. Not only is baking soda economical, it’s also an effective and natural way to remove bacteria from your mouth and get fresher breath. This is because baking soda helps to balance the pH levels in your mouth. Mixing just ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with one cup of water can do the trick.
If your bad breath simply won’t go away and you notice additional symptoms including mouth sores or tooth pain, it may be a precursor to gum disease. Sound familiar? We encourage you to contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.