Have you ever had a moment ruined by someone’s bad breath? If so, you are probably always looking for ways to get and maintain fresh breath. While more severe cases of halitosis may need intervention by your Tampa dentist, there are many things you can do at home to keep your mouth feeling and smelling fresh.

Keep a Healthy Diet
Your Tampa dentist and doctors will always promote a healthy diet to keep your organs and body healthy, but this can also promote good breath. Foods high in fat take longer to digest and leave a foul odor that causes bad breath. Eating more vegetables can also balance the acidity in your body, reducing bacteria and other bad breath causing issues.

Mints or Gum
While brushing and flossing after meals is always the top recommendation for keeping your breath fresh, this isn’t always an option. A sugar-free gum can give your breath a temporary reprieve; if you suffer from TMJ and cannot chew gum, carry around mints to help combat halitosis. Gum and mints also help your body produce saliva, which helps fight bacteria and acids in the mouth.

Avoid Smelly Foods and Drinks
This may seem like an obvious tip, but for many, avoiding food and drinks that cause bad breath is easier said than done. Coffee and soda may boost your energy, but they compromise your breath and cause staining on the teeth. Foods such as garlic, vinegar, and high-sugar foods can cause bad breath that lingers for hours.

Replace your Tools
toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months to keep them fully functioning. Old toothbrushes have weakened or missing bristles and harbor hoarders of bacteria. If using a rechargeable toothbrush, clean the components regularly and replace the toothbrush head to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Nobody wants to have bad breath, but this can easily be prevented or corrected. With our at-home tips and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, your breath will be minty fresh all day long.