Regardless of your age or background, you will always want to present the best version of yourself whenever you go out in public. This, in part, means having a great-looking smile, but it also means having a mouth that is fresh and clean. We all know that bad breath can be problematic, but when it is chronic, it can also mean that something has gone awry in regards to your oral health. That can often be an emerging episode of gum disease. Whatever the case may be, around here, we can help get to the bottom of it so that your smile can return to a healthier, fresh-feeling condition ASAP. Keep reading to hear what we always tell our patients about preventing bad breath, and then call Dr. Martin and Smiles of Punta Gorda at 941-585-0424 to request your appointment in Punta Gorda, FL.

Don’t Just Cover It Up

Dental issues seldom go away on their own. This is true even of bad breath. Take the ultimate cover up solution, breath mints, as a case in point. Yes, mints make your breath seem fresh for a moment or two after they are ingested. No one is disputing that. The trouble is that, as we’ve said before, most mints are loaded with sugar. Once the mint has dissolved in your mouth, all that stays behind is a sugary residue that actually feeds the bacteria that has been contributing to your problems all along. Don’t take the easy way out. You’ll only be prolonging the real cure.

Get Excited About Your Home Hygiene

You have a lot of power over the fate of your smile. Preventing bad breath is really one part of the overall considerations you should be making about your dental health multiple times each day. If this is understoond as simply a matter of destroying bacteria, there is less of a stigma in your mind and the minds of others. So, remember that brushing and rinsing with mouthwash is a good place to start. Do that twice a day for two minutes (the brushing part). But don’t forget that flossing is also a non-negotiable component of all this. You should be flossing twice a day or more to drive bacteria out from the hard-to-get areas in-between your teeth. That is often where the bad breath stems from. This practice wil also be good for your teeth and gums, so get after it!

Be Mindful Of What You Put In Your Mouth

Obviously, sugary sodas are never the thing that a dentist wants you to drink. Too many sports drinks are bad for you too. What you need to know is that water is so good for your body in general. And basic hydration is one of the best things you can do to stave off bad breath. Here’s why: saliva naturally eliminates bacteria in your mouth that is causing the bad breath. In order for saliva to be produced, you need to drink enough water. If you can find water with fluoride that is even better, because you can ward off disease and decay while you are at it!

Call The Dentist You Trust

Dr. Martin and the rest of our team team continue to provide stellar dental services while providing the best experience possible for each and every patient. We look forward to seeing you twice a year at least for those crucial dental checkups during which we will provide you with professional teeth cleanings and oral exams to assess the overall condition of your mouth, and check for problems, while offering affordable solutions to whatever you may be dealing with, including bad breath.

We hope you have been inspired by today’s post. If you are currently in need of help with bad breath, then stop reading and call Dr. Martin and Smiles of Punta Gorda today at 941-585-0424 to request your next easy appointment in Punta Gorda, FL.