Flossing helps remove plaque and bacteria that your brush cannot reach, but did you know it can also help eliminate bad breath?
The plaque and bacteria that is found between your teeth and around your gums can cause problems for your dental health if left there over time. However, short-term consequences could be bad breath.
Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, is a common issue many people struggle with. Bad breath may also be a sign of oral health issues which we will discuss in our next blog. For now, if you struggle with bad breath, try flossing and see if that helps the issue.
Flossing when you first wake up is a great time to get the first flossing of your day out of the way. As you sleep, saliva flow slows down. Saliva helps keep plaque from building up, so when there is less saliva in your mouth the chances of plaque buildup increases. You want to be sure you are removing any bacteria that may have developed overnight.
Besides flossing, another way to combat bad breath is through your diet and staying hydrated. As we mentioned, with less saliva you are more likely to experience plaque buildup. It is important to stay hydrated throughout your day and eat properly. The act of chewing helps increase saliva, but, if you eat sugary foods, the sugar mixes with your saliva and actually hurts your teeth.
If you do experience bad breath and cannot seem to find relief, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levine in Olney, MD to discuss what you can do.