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Problems with Bad Breath? Top 5 Secrets for Fresh Breath

January 29, 2023
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We have all suffered from bad breath at some time or the other. No matter how great your brushing technique, how healthy your diet, and how expensive your mouthwash is, you are bound to have days when your breath is embarrassingly stinky. However, you can address this effectively. Here are five tips you can use.


Get your teeth professionally cleaned

Professional dental cleaning is not just about getting your teeth bright and white. Thorough teeth cleaning by the expert is often part of a gum disease treatment regimen because the hardy gum-infesting bacteria that cause bad breath can only be removed this way.

A dental cleaning by your dentist ensures that the parts of your mouth you do not reach during daily brushing are thoroughly cleaned. Plaque and tartar build-up in tough-to-reach places is also removed during professional teeth cleaning.


Adopt a healthy diet

Onion and garlic are well-known offenders when it comes to bad breath. However, most of us overlook the dangers that sugary foods pose. When sugars are left over in the teeth and gums, bacteria thrive there, leading to odour as well as the risk of gum disease.

Eating healthy promotes good bacteria in your gut. With less scope for harmful bacteria to flourish, the chance of odour rising from the gut is restricted. A simple dietary tip to avoid bad breath is to munch on fresh mint or parsley. Add probiotics to your food. They contain good bacteria that improve gut health and keep foul odours away.

Adequate hydration is another fresh breath tip your dentist will give you. Drinking enough healthy liquids keeps your saliva production at ideal levels, which means it can efficiently carry out its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial function.


Don’t skip the dental hygiene daily routine

Brushing your teeth twice is not enough for effective dental cleaning. Flossing is as important because it cleans out and prevents the build-up of tartar in between the teeth. Overlooking flossing lets bacteria thrive and may have you seeking gum disease treatment for bleeding gums.

Cleaning your tongue is essential as well, as important as brushing your teeth, because bacteria accumulate here too. If you have a coated tongue, use a tongue scraper. Some toothbrushes have a tongue cleaner on the backside.

Gargle with mouthwash to kill residual bacteria post-brushing/ flossing. Gargle with plain water after every meal to eliminate food particle build-up in your mouth.


Address health concerns

Did you know that there are diseases that can result in bad breath? Addressing these can help you stay fit and healthy overall, plus get a fresh-smelling breath. Bacteria thrive in mucous. That’s why post-nasal drip and seasonal allergies cause halitosis. Others, like sinus infections, cause mouth-cleansing saliva to dry out, while liver/ kidney ailments cause toxin build-up in the body that leads to bad breath.

Apart from these, diseases of the gums are also a prime cause of halitosis that can only be eliminated with effective gum disease treatment.


Don’t forget to brush before bedtime

An essential hygiene routine is nighttime brushing for a full two minutes, followed by flossing and gargling. Making dental hygiene a part of your routine is vital. Set reminders for yourself if you tend to forget the nighttime ritual. Keep your dental hygiene kit handy at all times, even when travelling, so you don’t miss this.


To add to all of these tips to keep your mouth smelling fresh all day, ensure that you visit your dentist for check-ups regularly. Follow their advice on oral hygiene practices and on products to use. This helps you keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy while keeping bad breath away.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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