National Fresh Breath Day is August 6th, but it's never too early or too late to take care of your breath. Good breath stems from good oral care. While there are many things you can do at home to promote fresh breath, your periodontist also has a few tricks. Here is a look at some habits and dental procedures to help your breath smell fresh, including LANAP laser gum treatment.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

Certain foods and beverages increase the chance you will have bad breath later in the day. There include:

·         Garlic

·         Onions

·         Tuna

·         Coffee

·         Alcohol

The best response is to drink plenty of water and brush shortly after consuming these items. If you won't have access to your toothbrush, just avoid them for that meal.

Regular Dental Visits

Visiting your dentist regularly and your periodontist as needed are also key to keeping your breath fresh. Regular cleanings can take care of any plaque or bacteria you might have missed in your oral hygiene routine, and bi-annual visits help spot issues before they become problems. If bad breath is plaguing you, a dental appointment allows you to ask questions and get information regarding treatment.

About LANAP

LANAP stands for laser-assisted new attachment therapy It is a procedure that corrects poor gum alignment. How does this relate to your breath? When your gums are damaged and expose your roots, you are more likely to get an oral infection which can make your breath smell bad. With LANAP, your roots can be covered once more and you decrease the chance of creating a haven for the kinds of bacteria that cause bad breath.

Keep your breath fresh by learning all you can about what your dentist and periodontist can do for you. You should also maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine. To find out more about how LANAP laser gum treatment can prevent bad breath, contact Dr. Strout's office today.