Nobody wants to struggle with the embarrassment of bad breath. But during this time of year it may seem like a bigger deal than normal. With all the close-talking at holiday parties and potential surprise moments under the mistletoe, bad breath can damper anyone’s good time. At our dental office in Columbia, we don’t want anyone to shy away from those kissable moments because of bad breath embarrassment, so we’re here to help!
Best Ways to Combat Bad Breath
Pass on the Coffee
We know, we know, coffee helps you function in the mornings and perhaps another cup at 2:00 pushes you through the day. But coffee doesn’t only give you a mean caffeine punch, it also leaves behind a less-than-desirable stench in your mouth.
Load up on the Water
Unlike coffee, water doesn’t leave behind an unpleasant odor. In fact, it doesn’t leave behind any smell. It’s really great for your oral health too. A well hydrated mouth keeps fighting bacteria and rinses away unwanted bacteria that can lead to decay.
Brush Well, Brush Often
One the most important things you can do to keep breath fresh is to brush twice a day, everyday. But it’s not enough to simply brush. It’s recommended that you brush for two minutes every time in gentle circles.
Don’t Forget the Tongue
Our tongues are full of tiny nooks and crannies where bad breath germs love to hide. To wash them away, we recommend gently scrubbing your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper.
A Sign of a Bigger Problem
While you can try any and all of the tricks above to help combat bad breath, if you battle with it over a long period of time, you should call your dentist in Columbia. Bad breath may seem like simply a nuisance, but chronic bad breath may be a sign of other health concerns including:
Liver or Kidney Problems
Don’t let bad breath get in the way this holiday season. Call our Columbia dental office to schedule an appointment to get fresh breath and feel confident puckering up under the mistletoe.
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