- Brushing and flossing our teeth, as well as cleaning our tongues more frequently may remove the accumulated bacteria, which are responsible for causing plaque and bad breath. Use a toothpick to remove food particles that are stuck in the teeth after eating foods like meat. Whenever possible, carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you. This will allow you to brush your teeth any time you eat.
- Sometimes we may need to visit a dentist for a professional cleaning to remove hardened plaque on our teeth. Have a dentist check and clean your teeth every six months, and tell him if you suspect you have bad breath.
- Speak with other people in order to avoid a dry mouth. Some people have salivary glands that do not produce enough saliva, which leads to a dry mouth. A dry mouth causes accumulation of bacteria and bad breath. Chew on some mint, which will not only promote the production of saliva, but will also maintain fresh breath.
- Take a good look at your diet, and always eat breakfast. When you skip breakfast, your stomach does not have anything to digest, and it emits a foul smell through the mouth. Avoid foods such as garlic, onion, chili, and seafood, which cause bad breath. Include fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, oranges and berries in your diet because they are easily digestible, prevent dental cavities and promote fresh breath.
- Quit smoking cigarettes. Smoking is a major cause of bad breath, and it turns your teeth yellow. This yellow color may be difficult to remove even with professional cleaning.
Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.