Summer is here! You may have planned on going to vacations, backyard cookouts, and lots of fun outdoor activities, but having a bad breath is definitely not one of them.
In order to fix this problem, we must first learn what caused it. A leading cause to bad breath is warmer and more humid weather. On top of that, all those charred, saucy, barbecue foods that you plan to chow down on this summer probably will not help.
When the temperature rises, the risk for developing dehydration increases as well. A dry mouth is one of the biggest causes of bad breath. Drinking water is certainly one of the best ways to reduce dehydration and the risk of bad breath. Water rinses the mouth of food particles between brushings. When these particles linger between teeth and along the gum-line, they may produce unpleasant odors in the mouth causing bad breath.
To avoid being dehydrated, make sure you’re drinking enough fluid throughout the day. Also, plan your outdoor activities wisely- try not to stay out in the sun for too long, especially during the hottest part of the day.
On top of that, bacteria tends to thrive and multiply in a dry mouth. When you are dehydrated, less saliva is produced. Saliva is necessary to fight these bacteria. If you don’t consume enough fluid to keep your body hydrated, chances are you will develop bad breath.
Bacteria is not the only substance to be found in your mouth (specifically your tongue, the main source of your mouth’s odor.) Hydrogen sulphide, leftover food, and dead cells collect on your tongue/in your mouth as well. In fact, hydrogen sulphide is the same cause for the smell of rotten eggs and sewage.
You may think the best way to avoid bad breath is to skip meals, but it is actually a very good thing to eat! As said before, the chemicals that build up on your tongue can cause bad breath. If you eat, then the food can also scrape away at those substances in your mouth.
Another mistake you can make is thinking that brushing your tongue will help the most. While it does help slightly, brushing your tongue can lead to small wounds on the surface (and you have to taste your mint toothpaste!) The best way to clean your tongue is to use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers are actually just a few dollars, and you can find one at any drug store.
Summer is, of course, incomplete without backyard barbecue! However, for some of you, many of these tasty foods and their complements may not agree with your stomach. Some of these favorites, such as ribs, burgers, hot dogs, beer, soda, lemonade, chips, and brownies, can be the cause of your bad breath. These foods can cause acid reflux which is another common reason for bad breath. The best way to avoid this is, of course, avoid eating offending foods. Alternatively, you can have your doctor recommend medications to help control your reflux.
All in all, brushing your teeth is the most basic protection against bad breath. Not only will it protect you against cavities and gum disease, it can help cure your bad breath. to make sure there is no buildup of plaque, stay on top of your regular dental checkup.
Not sure if you have bad breath? Here is a quick test you can do to find out if your breath smells bad. Lick your wrist with your tongue, and wait for about 10 seconds before smelling it. If it smells bad, then that’s a sign for you to follow those tips!
Stay hydrated and have a great summer!