Bad Breath Video Mostly Gets It Right

LifeHacker has gained a reputation as a pretty good advice site, and now it’s expanding its articles into video production. These self-help videos tackle a wide number of subjects, including bad breath. Most of the advice in the video works well, but there are a few things to avoid.

Good Advice

Brushing your teeth is a good habit if it isn't too oftenIf you take nothing else from the LifeHacker video, remember that it’s primarily bacteria that are behind your bad breath. Controlling oral bacteria will help protect you against bad breath.

You already have an antibiotic mouth rinse: it’s called saliva. When you’re dehydrated, your body makes less of it, which lets bacteria flourish. So keep hydrated. And remember to avoid sugary drinks, which can feed bacteria.

You also want to make sure you’re keeping up on your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss every day. Some people benefit from tongue scraping, while others don’t. If you find your teeth feel “fuzzy” again shortly after brushing, it’s likely you’re getting too much bacteria trapped on your tongue.

And don’t neglect the role of professional cleanings. One place that bacteria can hide is under tartar–hardened plaque that collects on your teeth–which can only be removed during a professional cleaning. Bacteria might also be sheltering below your gum line or even inside an infected tooth.

Not so Good Advice

But the LifeHacker video also offers some common, but mistaken advice: it recommends brushing and flossing after every meal. Although it’s good to keep your teeth clean, too much flossing and brushing can irritate your gums, causing them to pull away from your teeth. Overaggressive brushing, in fact, is the second leading cause of receding gums, after gum disease. And brushing too much can contribute to tooth erosion.

So how do you keep your teeth clean after eating, then? Try finishing your meal with crunchy fruits and vegetables, then rinse your mouth. Don’t use alcohol-containing mouthwash, though, because this can lead to dehydration and gum irritation. Instead, simple water does the trick.

Bad Breath Treatment in Denver

If you are finding that your bad breath isn’t responding to your home care, it’s time to get expert help. For bad breath treatment in Denver, please call (303) 759-5652 for an appointment with a dentist at Park Meadows Dental Care.