With mask restrictions lifting in some areas, people may find themselves face to face with another person for the first time in several months, but are we conversation-ready? Today we’re going to prepare you to face people once again with the confidence you want and deserve. Let’s make those interactions as appealing as possible!
The Stigma of Halitosis
Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, happens to many and it can be really embarrassing, to the point where you avoid direct contact with people. But honestly, it’s not that hard to have fresh breath with just a little bit of effort on your part!
-Keep up with your daily oral hygiene care: This is your best bet to winning the battle against bad breath. Your daily efforts are truly the front line of defense to keeping your breath smelling fresh. This means brushing and flossing after every meal so you can get rid of odor-causing trapped food particles and oral bacteria. Ideally, you can also use an antiseptic mouthwash (rather than just a cosmetic rinse that doesn’t kill germs) to also keep cavity-causing plaque to a minimum.
-Avoid pungent foods: If you struggle with bad breath, take a look at the foods you commonly eat. If they are strong like garlic, onions and spicy foods, your breath will pay the price! That’s because what you eat inevitably makes its way into your bloodstream. Eat more water-rich vegetables and herbs to keep your mouth smelling its best. Enjoy foods like celery, carrots and parsley that work in your favor!
-Stay hydrated: Again, water is your breath’s best friend, so drink up! Water also keeps your saliva working properly to wash away dental plaque and food particles that otherwise build up in your mouth. Your breath will thank you!
-Chew refreshing minty gum: Your breath can benefit from chewing sugar-free (think 100% xylitol) gum after eating. Chewing stimulates healthy saliva flow and you can do it anywhere. This is especially helpful when you can’t brush normally after eating. Chewing gum keeps those salivary glands active to flush out those odorous bacteria and bits of food while helping to prevent cavities!
We hope these tips help you feel prepared to face others without a mask again when the time comes. To schedule an appointment with our Sierra Oaks Dental team in Sacramento, California to see one of our skilled dentists, Drs. Peter Kim, William Altig or Eric Gregg, please call (916) 481-2000 today! Your smile deserves the best care!