Good health habits can help reduce your risk of developing trench mouth. In particular:
April 09, 2013
- Practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day or as often as your dentist recommends. Get regular professional dental cleanings. Antiseptic mouthwashes also may be helpful. Some studies show that an electric toothbrush may be more effective than a manual toothbrush.
- Don't smoke or use other tobacco products. Tobacco products are a leading factor in the development of trench mouth.
- Eat a healthy diet. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables, choose whole grains instead of refined grains, eat healthy protein such as fish or legumes, and opt for low-fat dairy foods.
- Manage stress. Because stress takes both a physical and an emotional toll, learning to manage it is essential for your overall well-being. Exercise, relaxation techniques, yoga and hobbies are examples of healthy ways to cope with stress.
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