You dont get a second chance to make a first impression! Thats why its so important to present your best self whenever you meet somebody for the first time. Whether you are preparing for a job interview, going on a date, or meeting new people in a social setting, you will be

Most people know how to dress for an interview; youve thrown on your favorite dress shirt, that snazzy tie you bought last week, and your shoes match your belt. But dont forget a crucial element of the ensemble: your breath!

We all know someone who may not have the most pleasant scent when they speak close to you, and you sure dont want to be him. So whether you are trying to ace that interview or are just lounging around on a lazy Sunday, dont forget these harbingers of bad breath.

Causes of Bad Breath
Lets start with the obvious: food. Its no secret that foods such as garlic, onions and certain spices can cause a pretty unforgiving scent to emanate from your mouth. Many believe that chewing gum or popping a mint will alleviate the unpleasant aroma, but its not that simple. Food particles often get trapped in your gums and in between your teeth when you eat. Especially when eating pungent foods, make sure you rinse your mouth and floss carefully after a meal.

Another cause that is a little less known is more common than you think: dry mouth. Its the same problem that gives people morning breath. The drying of the mouth leads to a lack of saliva, the mouths natural cleanser. Therefore, if you find that your mouth and throat are feeling dry, make sure you get a glass of water before you get morning breath in the afternoon.

If you find that you are avoiding foods with strong odors and keeping up a good dental care regimen but the problem of bad breath persists you may want to speak to a dental professional, who will recommend the proper course of treatment.

Prevention

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for three minutes, or as otherwise instructed by your dentist.
  • Brush your tongue. Its where the bad bugs hide that give you bad breath.
  • Floss regularly.
  • Use mouthwash as a temporary stopgap when you cannot brush or floss.
  • Take your dentures out at night and clean them.

Of course, the best way to figure out the proper dental regimen for you is by speaking with your dentist. Do you have any questions about bad breath or your oral health? Call Winning Smiles at 716-332-2444 today to schedule an appointment with your dentist!