3 sure-fire ways to beat bad breath
Bad breath is something no one wants, and there are numerous products available to beat bad breath temporarily. Bad breath will always come back, though, if the underlying problem that’s causing it is not resolved. Temporary fixes like mouthwash, mints and gum only cover up bad breath or eliminate simple bad breath that is caused by foods.
Chronic bad breath is a sign of an oral health problem. Keeping bad breath away involves proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
1. Brush and floss regularly and correctly
Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, every day. You should use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent cavities. When you brush your teeth, use short, back and forth strokes and be sure to hit all the surfaces of your teeth – front and back, and the gumline.
Mint toothpaste will freshen your breath, but what’s more important is that brushing removes food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath. Flossing twice a day if possible and once a day at minimum will remove particles and plaque from between teeth that brushing alone cannot remove.
2. Clean your tongue
Many people forget about the tongue during their oral hygiene routines. Your tongue can become coated with bacterial plaque, which contributes greatly to bad breath. You can brush your tongue with your toothbrush or purchase a special tongue cleaner or tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers sometimes work better for people who tend to have a gag reflex. Brush or scrape your tongue both top and bottom and do it every time you brush.
3. Schedule regular dental checkups
Routine checkups often prevent the need for special appointments. By seeing the dentist regularly: every six months if possible, or as your dentist recommends, problems like gum disease or cavities can be caught early when simple treatment is all that is needed.
Putting off dental appointments, even if you brush and floss every day, can allow problems to grow potentially necessitating costly and complex procedures later on. Even if you have no pain, symptoms like bad breath or reddened gums indicate a problem that will only get worse if it is ignored.
Put an end to chronic bad breath
If you have been trying to beat bad breath with mouthwash or mints, you are probably just covering up a real problem with your teeth or gums. Call us now for an appointment for a consultation and exam. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to the heart of the problem and eliminate your bad breath.