The number one killer of a first impression would have to be bad breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, has also been a leading cause of death. No, I’m kidding.

Having bad breath is never a good thing, especially if your a dentist. Bad breath can interfere with your social life, business life and also affect your character as well by making you self-conscious and embarrassed.

Bad breath is caused by a variety of factors including: medications, smoking, alcohol, sickness, skipping breakfast, not brushing or sleeping (morning breath). To achieve fresh breath you should:

  • Brush and floss more frequently to eliminate plaque buildup and leftover debris
  • Scrape your tongue to remove bacteria and food debris
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid strong smelling foods (onions and garlic)
  • Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce plaque buildup
  • Moisten your mouth to prevent dry mouth and tooth decay
  • Keep your gums healthy to eliminate bacteria in the pockets of teeth

If your bad breath continues after you’ve tried all odor elimination methods, schedule a visit with your doctor so they can treat and prevent the problem.