4 simple ways to Fight bad breath
2) Don’t forget to floss.
Unless you have something stuck between your teeth, flossing probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list. But for those who suffer from bad breath, this simple activity could be your solution. When you don’t floss, garlic and other pieces of food with strong odors can get wedged between your teeth, causing an unpleasant smell. Even worse, if you don’t floss for a few days, small chunks of food can even start to rot in your mouth. That’s not going to smell nice!
3) Use a tongue scraper or brush.
The bacteria that causes bad breath doesn’t just hide between your teeth. It can also become trapped in the miniscule grooves and ridges on your tongue. Some toothbrushes come with bumps on the back of the head that are perfect for cleaning your tongue, but you can also purchase a scraper if yours doesn’t have this feature. Just gently scrape the top of your tongue, and you’ll be well on your way to better breath.
4) Rinse with mouthwash.
After you’ve brushed, flossed and scraped, finish off with a bit of mouthwash. Rinsing with the mouthwash of your choice - we personally recommend Listerine - can be both a quick fix and a long-term solution to bad breath problems. The minty taste will give your breath a pick-me-up before you head out the door and it will also help kill off bacteria that would have caused an odor over the next several hours or days. Rinsing and spitting will additionally help remove any pieces of food that you knocked loose when brushing and flossing.
If you’ve tried these four tricks and are still dealing with bad breath, give our dental office a call and let us help. Gum disease, badly decayed teeth, tonsil issues and more can also make your mouth smell unpleasant, so a trip to see the dentist may be in order to figure out what’s causing the problem. We would be happy to help you cure chronic bad breath and allow you to smile freely again. Just call us at 530-246-1188!