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If you have bad breath, it can be embarrassing. You may fear talking to people or being around others, and wonder what you can do to stop it. To help restore your self-confidence and freshen your breath, here are four tips on how to prevent bad breath:

  • Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day and floss daily: Through having good dental hygiene every day, you remove bacteria that can build up that leads to bad breath. It’s important to brush your tongue too since it can harbor smelly bacteria. Flossing is vital as well to get bacteria out from between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Drink lots of water: Saliva is your body’s natural way of washing away bacteria and keeping your mouth clean. If your mouth starts to feel dry, it’s important to drink water in order to replenish your saliva and help protect your teeth and mouth from bad-smelling bacteria.
  • Stop smoking: If you smoke, you are going to have bad breath. Through stopping smoking, not only will you have fresh breath again, but you can also prevent oral cancer, which you are much more prone to getting if you smoke.
  • Visit your dentist for a bi-annual teeth cleaning: Through visiting your dentist twice a year, you can get a professional teeth cleaning to remove built-up bacteria. Your dentist will also check to see if you have gum disease or chronic bad breath, and help find a treatment plan best for your needs.

If you are in need of a dental cleaning, contact the friendly, experienced staff at the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and set-up your appointment.