Did you know, that bacteria grows in your mouth? Yuk! But it’s true. Bacteria is a main cause for bad breath. Fluoride kills some bacteria, so be sure you’re using a toothpaste or mouth wash that contains fluoride. A toothpaste that boasts it contains mouthwash isn’t going to give you cleaner teeth, but it will have a mintier taste that you might like.
Floss daily to remove plaque that builds up between your teeth. Plaque encourages bacteria growth, so the less plaque you have, the cleaner your mouth is. When plaque buildup hardens, it cannot be removed by brushing and flossing at home. Your regular dental cleanings by a hygienist is the best way to remove the stubborn plaque buildups that promote bacteria and even lead to gum disease. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue! Bacteria loves to congregate on the tongue and can have a huge impact on the smell of your breath.
Drinking water can help wash away bacteria. Even chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva, which can wash away tiny particles of food and drink that sit on your teeth after a meal and ultimately cause plaque and bacteria. Look for chewing gum sweetened with Xylitol because its made from fruit and vegetables and is mildly antibacterial. Trident makes several varieties of gum with Xylitol.
Alcohol is drying, so while a mouthwash with alcohol will kill some bacteria, it also breeds some bacterias by promoting a drier mouth. Stick with a fresh tasting mouthwash that is alcohol free, such as Listerine Zero. Drinking alcohol also dries out your mouth and promotes bacterial growth. If you do drink, be sure to have plenty of sips of water between your tastes of wine or cocktails. Foods that cling to your teeth, such as cheeses, will promote bacterial growth too, so be sure to brush soon after your meals.