Dr. Holly Austgen, DDS of Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana explains what lifestyle changes you can make to help eliminate bad breath.

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I’m Dr. Holly Austgen. In part one of this video we discussed the causes of bad breath and in part two, we are going to discuss things you can do to help eliminate them.

The first thing we are going to talk about is adjusting your diet and your habits, avoiding foods and beverages that cause bad breath and also avoiding habits such as smoking that we know leads to bad breath.

The other thing you can do is make sure you are brushing your teeth properly and doing it every day. You want to make sure you are using a soft toothbrush. You want to make sure you are changing it every 3 to 4 months. You don’t want to use it when the bristles are frayed.

The other thing you can do is to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. This is something that many people avoid but the majority of bad breath bacteria are harboring on the back of your tongue. So everyday when you’re brushing your teeth, just remember to brush your tongue as well.

The other thing you can do is to make sure you are cleaning your dentures or your dental appliances. If you have dentures make sure you’re taking them out and soaking them properly. If you have things that aren’t removable such as a bridge, make sure you are cleaning them at least once a day very thoroughly. If you use things such as dental retainers or mouthguards, just make sure you clean them prior to wearing them.

Another thing you can try to do is avoid dry mouth. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and chew sugarless gum. You want to avoid things like coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages that can make your mouth even drier.

One of the most important things you can do is schedule regular dental visits. Seeking treatment with a dental professional will be able to help tell you if you have other things that cause bad breath such as gum disease or dental decay.

If your dentist does diagnose you with these things, it’s important to follow through with treatment. Getting rid of that bacteria will help get rid of the bad breath as well.

So if you or somebody you know is suffering from bad breath, do your part in making some lifestyle changes and give us a call. We would love to help.

I’m Dr. Holly Austgen from Southeast Family Dental and remember, we can make you smile.