Don’t Let Your Bad Breath Make You an April Fool

Bad breath is no joke. Here’s what you can do to stop stinky breath before it starts, and avoid being an April Fool every day.

Watch what you eat
What you put in your mouth can give you foul breath long after the plates have been cleared. Garlic, onions, and coffee1 are common culprits, but sneakier suspects include eggs, tomatoes, red meats (particularly smoked or cured meats), peppers, and cheese.2 Brush after meals or snacks featuring fragrant foods like these.3

Stay hydrated
If you feel cottonmouthed, your breath probably stinks. Dry mouth is a major contributor to halitosis and can be caused by anything from dehydration to prescription medication. Saliva helps naturally wash away excess food and bacteria, so your mouth can smell stale when it’s not there.3

Other dry-mouth contributors include stress, alcohol, breathing through your mouth, and certain illnesses. Mouthwash and toothpaste can mask halitosis, but halitosis sufferers ultimately need to find the cause. Anyone can have dry mouth occasionally, such as when you’re anxious, but persistent dry mouth may be brought on by some systemic illness or the medications you take. Talk to your physician or dentist about the potential root causes of persistent dry mouth or halitosis.

Stub out that cigarette
Tobacco is a double whammy when it comes to bad breath. It causes dry mouth and smells bad.3 Your physician or dentist can suggest ways to quit.

Change it up
Sometimes, bad breath can be a symptom of faulty flossing and brushing. Brush twice a day and add daily flossing to your oral-health routine. Already doing this? Consider brushing after lunch.

If you’ve tried all these and your dragon breath remains fiery, keep a log of the foods you eat, the medications you take, and your daily routine to see if it correlates with your halitosis flare-ups – and of course, discuss the problem with your dentist.

1 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD21
2 http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/15543/1/List-of-Foods-That-Cause-Bad-Breath.html
3 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Adult/BadBreath/22,21442


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