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Is bad breath cramping your style? Bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, can cause embarrassment or shame. Our dentist and team are thrilled to share some simple things you can do at home to fight gum disease.

Dental Hygiene
Brushing and flossing are not only important to your oral health but are an integral part of fighting or preventing bad breath. When brushing and flossing are neglected, the food particles and bacteria that linger in the mouth can cause bad breath. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice each day and floss once daily.

Clean Your Tongue
Bacteria and compounds can form and collect on your tongue that put off an unpleasant odor. Cleaning your tongue regularly can help fight bad breath. To clean your tongue, either brush your tongue from back to front or use a tongue scraper.

Use Mouthwash
Mouthwash should never replace brushing and flossing your teeth. However, using mouthwash regularly can help in the fight against halitosis.

Eat Healthy
You likely know that foods like onions and garlic can cause halitosis. Did you know that acidic foods and foods high in fructose can also cause bad breath? Because of this, we suggest that you avoid these foods. Choose instead foods that increase saliva flow, like:

– Whole grains
– Orange and dark green vegetables
– Fruit
– Proteins

If you need further help with fighting bad breath in Lincoln, Nebraska, contact Northridge Dental LLC at 402-477-1177 today to set up a visit with Dr. Timothy Dinkelman.