Now that you have Invisalign clear braces your teeth are going to be straightened without the need for unsightly metal brackets. This means that your confidence and social skills are going to be boosted. With a higher level of confidence comes more social interaction. With social interaction often comes a common concern; “How’s my breath smell?” Today our Invisalign Orthodontist wants to share with you some of the best ways to he knows of to help keep your breath fresh throughout the day.
Carry A Travel Size Bottle of Antibacterial, Alcohol-Free Mouthwash With You
Mouthwash is a great tool for fighting foul breath during the day. Just because you can remove your Invisalign aligners while you are eating, and no food will be getting caught in metal brackets, does not mean that food will not still be getting caught in your teeth.
Swishing vigorously with mouthwash can help loosen trapped food particles from in between spaces in your teeth. Those trapped food particles, if left to sit, would otherwise begin to accumulate bacteria, turn to plaque, and cause bad breath. That same bacteria can also potentially cause tooth decay and gum disease.
One of the best things about mouthwash is that it can be used at any time of the day and nearly anywhere. After meals, while you are at school or work if you feel like throwing a wrench in the works of bad breath then simply step into the nearest bathroom and give your mouth a quick swish.
Drink More Water
Water is another incredibly useful tool in the daily battle on bad breath. Many people do not realize exactly how important water is when it comes to fending off foul breath. Water facilitates the production of saliva in your mouth. It just so happens that saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria.
Saliva does something amazing to bacteria. It has the ability to keep portions of it suspended in a type of temporary liquid prison. When you swallow, those portions of trapped bacteria go down with the saliva you just swallowed. It is then sent down into your digestive tract, which happens to be much better suited for effectively handling bacteria than your teeth and gums are.
Just remember that while a wet mouth is a happy mouth, not all liquids will produce the same results as water does. Water contains no sugar or caffeine, an ingredient in many drinks, will actually make your breath worse. So the next time you find yourself feeling parched, skip the soda or juice and reach for some water instead.
Yes, we are aware that you have been hearing this advice from dentists all your life, but there is a reason for it. Now that you have Invisalign flossing is still a quick and simple option for you because your clear plastic aligners can be removed! You won’t be having to fight through metal brackets with special flossing tools in order to properly care for your oral hygiene.
Flossing removes trapped food particles from in between the spaces in your teeth. It does so even more effectively than mouthwash. Removing those food particles before they have a chance to accumulate bacteria and cause bad breath is one of the keys in preventing it in the first place.
Like mouthwash, floss can be used anywhere at any time. It’s a simple and easy way to help prevent bad breath during the day.
We hope these useful hints have helped give you a leg up in the battle against bad breath.
Until next time readers, keep smiling.