Bad breath can have a negative impact on your mouth. It doesn’t just smell bad, bad breath can lead to dental problems that can become lifelong battles if not properly treated. “Bad breath has long-term effects on your teeth and gums and is a precursor to oral problems and diseases,” says New York cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS.
How It Works: Uses pressurized water to get even further below the gumline.
One To Try: Waterpik Showerpik lets you water floss in the shower simply by attaching it to your showerhead system. $70, waterpik.com
How It Works: Balance out bad breath-causing bacteria with bacteria that is actually good for your mouth. Probiotics don’t entirely wipe out all the bacteria in the mouth. Wiping out all the bacteria can, in some, lead to infections and gum disease. “Probiotics can be helpful to rebalance the bacteria in your stomach to improve digestion and possibly bad breath if the cause is coming from your gut,” says Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS. Probiotics need to be used in conjunction with daily brushing, flossing and mouthwash.
Ones to Try: Udo’s Choice Adult Probiotics, $20, vitaminshoppe.com
How It Works: Helps reduce bacteria, plaque and gingivitis and slows down the rate at which tartar forms. Alcohol-based rinses can dry out the mouth, leading to even worse bad breath. Prescription-strength ones, while they can provide improvement that lasts up to 24 hours, can change the way food tastes. Therapeutic rinses are believed to be most effective.
Ones to Try: CloSYS Alcohol-Free Oral Rinse, $14, myclosys.com
How It Works: Gently removes small pieces of food that get stuck between the teeth and around the gums so that they can’t decay in the mouth. “Flossing twice a day will help keep your teeth healthy and prevent the buildup of bacteria that can lead to bad breath,” says Fort Washington, PA, prosthodontist Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD.
One to Try: Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Clinical Protection Floss, $4, target.com
How It Works: Both green tea (sans any sweetener or milk) and tea tree oil are believed to be beneficial in creating a healthy mouth. Antibacterial in nature, tea is said to lessen the amount of sulfur compounds created in the mouth and kill odor-causing bacteria.
One To Try: Jasön Healthy Mouth Anti-Cavity & Tartar Control Toothpaste, $8, jason-personalcare.com
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