Home Care for Bad Breath/Halitosis in Dentistry
- Tooth-brushing habit: Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day daily or preferably after meals. Changing your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months is also an important part.
- Floss: Flossing helps in reducing the deposition of plaque and food particles from between the teeth.
- Clean dentures: Dentures, a bridge, or a mouth guard, should be cleaned before placing it into the mouth on a daily basis. Cleaning prevents the accumulation of bacteria and being transferred into the mouth.
- Brush tongue: A tongue cleaner or scraper should be used to clean the bacteria, food, and dead cells commonly built upon the tongue, especially in smokers or those with a particularly dry mouth.
- Avoid dry mouth: Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and tobacco, both of which dehydrate the mouth. Chewing gum or sucking a sweet, preferably sugar-free, can help stimulate the production of saliva.
- Diet: Strong food items should be avoided like onions, garlic, and spicy food. Sugary foods are also linked to bad breath. Reduce coffee and alcohol consumption.