We’re all guilty of it

We’re all guilty of it: breathing into our hands and quickly inhaling to see if we can smell our own breath. Like sweat stains or having food stuck between your teeth, it’s an embarrassing issue that you can always feel. But when the thought creeps into your mind– at the office, at a party, or even on a date—it’s the only thing you can think about. So when patients come into our office, it’s no surprise to us when they ask the most common question: how can I get rid of my bad breath?

The top way to stop and prevent this issue? By practicing good oral hygiene! Your basic steps in keeping a healthy smile- such as brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day and flossing regularly– can halt halitosis before it even begins. However, if you are already doing these steps and don’t see any progress, try adding these steps into your oral care routine:

  • Using Mouthwash: Before you run off and buy a bottle of Listerine, read our lips: do not use alcohol-based mouthwashes to get rid of bad breath! Its main ingredient, ethanol, can actually worsen the problem because it dries out your mouth. Alcohol-free mouthwashes, such as Colgate’s, are the better option for you.
  • Drinking Water: If mouthwash isn’t the taste for you, rinsing with water will have a similar effect in killing the germs in your mouth. It’s also crucial to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day to prevent your mouth from drying out.
  • Cutting Out Unhealthy Habits: Has your dentist suggested you stop smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or drinking too much coffee? Not only can these habits cause yellow stains and tooth decay, but also are major factors in causing breath issues. Do your body a favor and cut back on the coffee, and cut out the tobacco all together!

If these suggestions don’t offer relief, your bad breath may be a symptom of a more serious medical issue. Make sure to visit your dentist if no options are working, as they can suggest treatments that can work best for you. At Rittenhouse Dentists, we’re always happy to share our expert tips on getting rid of bad breath, so at your next appointment, don’t be afraid to ask—as these tips can have you feeling comfortable and confident in your smile again!