Battling Bad Breath Without A Toothbrush

Woman with bad breathDental implants Fort Lauderdale, FL dentist Dr. Fenton wants to share with you a few quick tips on how to battle bad breath when a toothbrush isn’t around. Here at Bayview Smile Design, many of our patients approach us after the dental implant process has been completed asking how they can most effectively battle bad breath during the day. Fortunately, there are many ways you can do this, and many of those ways are incredibly simple. Because we have heard this question so many times here in our office, the staff has decided to put together a list of the two best ways to battle bad breath without a toothbrush.

Drink More Water

Staying hydrated by drinking water helps to facilitate the flow of saliva in your mouth. Believe it or not, the silva in your mouth is actually its natural defence system against bacteria. Bacteria, or at least too much of it in the mouth, is one of the main causes of bad breath. A dry mouth is a warm, yet still slightly moist place for bacteria to thrive in. When you have a healthy amount of saliva in your mouth, it can actually keep bacteria suspended in a temporary hiatus. It also helps to wash away some of the bacteria with the saliva you swallow. It’s a little gross to think about, but saliva is actually a major player in your oral health.

Unfortunately, you cannot get the same hydrating effects from that water gives you from the consumption of coffee or soda. This is because coffee contains a high amount of caffeine which can actually dehydrate you further. Soda not only contain an incredibly high amount of sugar, but many times caffeine as well. We’re not saying you should stop drinking these beverages altogether, because who doesn’t love a little afternoon pick-me-up in the afternoon with a cup of coffee. Just swap out a few cups of the stuff for a glass of water throughout the day. You’ll be surprised just how much it can help keep bad breath at bay.

Floss, Floss, Floss

We know you’ve been hearing this from your dentist for years. We also know you are most likely very tired of hearing it. But you better get used to it people because the fact is that flossing can not only dramatically improve the health of your mouth and gums in particular, but it can also help to battle bad breath. Flossing removes trapped food particles which may have squeezed into the tight spaces in between your teeth during your last meal or snack.

Unfortunately, just brushing alone does little to mitigate the problem of food particles being caught in between teeth. This is why flossing is so important. Those food particles, if not removed, will proceed to simply sit on top of your gums and against your teeth gathering bacteria. this can result in some serious bad breath, and even other problems like gum disease and periodontitis if the problem is left unaddressed. Why not avoid the situation altogether and fight bad breath at the same time by stepping into a bathroom after lunch and giving your teeth a quick floss? We think it’s worth the couple seconds it takes. Don’t you?

We hope these two hints have helped you get a handle on how to fight bad breath during the day. Drinking water and flossing can be done anywhere, especially at work when a toothbrush can’t be used. Until next time readers, Keep smiling.