Employ proper tongue cleaning techniques to instantly freshen breath
Morning breath is only ever acceptable in the morning, in that space of time between waking up and heading to the bathroom to brush your teeth. But every day, a reported 45 percent of people in the world suffer from chronic bad breath, or halitosis.
Halitosis is caused by a combination of certain foods, dry mouth and bacteria found in the mouth. Most halitosis is a result of bacteria found in the mouth. The best way to treat bacteria-caused halitosis is with thorough cleaning of the entire mouth.
A variety of products exist to help keep halitosis under control, including mouth wash, chewing gum, breath mints and toothpaste. Utilising these tools and incorporating another tool, the tongue scraper, is a proven method for eliminating halitosis.
If you suffer from halitosis, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, dentists suggest. In addition, brushing your tongue will help with halitosis. You can do this with your toothbrush or with a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers can be purchased individually or they can be found on the undersides of some toothbrushes.
Thorough and regular flossing will also help prevent halitosis as this will remove lodged food that has been wedged between your teeth. Mouthwashes with low alcohol content that contain chlorine dioxide are also effective at eliminating halitosis, as is paying a visit to your dental hygienist frequently.
Tongue cleaning is a proven method for eliminating and preventing halitosis as it directly removes bacteria from the mouth. When cleaning your tongue, you should clean as far back on your tongue as you can. Be advised, this may make you gag the first few times you do it, but over time, your gag reflex will lessen.
As discussed, you can purchase a tongue scraper to aid in removing bacteria from your tongue. A tongue scraper is a plastic strip that can be fashioned to form a loop. You place the loop on your tongue and pull gently, scraping it across the surface of your tongue until the scraper comes off. It will bring any bacteria present on your tongue with it. Repeat this step until you have removed all the bacteria you can. Finish the process by thoroughly rinsing your mouth with mouthwash.
Bad breath is a very common problem that can leave you feeling embarrassed and self conscious. Lots of people suffer from bad breath from time to time, but if it’s a recurring problem for you then it can have a very negative impact on your daily life. At Clifton Dental Studio, our wonderful team of dental hygienists can help you to say goodbye to bad breath for good, so you can be confident when attending social events, work conferences and family gatherings.
Why do we get bad breath?
Many people get bad breath after eating and drinking strong flavours such as coffee, garlic or spicy curries. However, many cases of bad breath are connected with poor oral hygiene, which results in an unnecessary amount of bacteria gathering in your mouth. When the bacteria feed, they realise foul-smelling gases and this is why bad breath occurs.
Smoking is also a major cause of bad breath.
How can bad breath be treated?
If your bad breath is persistent, and you don’t just get it after consuming certain foods or drinks, there is probably an underlying reason for this. Our hygienists will identify the cause and look into the various ways of resolving the issue. Dental hygiene treatment methods are very effective in removing plaque and bacteria from the mouth, as well as providing a deep and intense oral clean. At Clifton Dental Studio we recommend regular oral hygiene appointments, paired with your daily oral hygiene regime at home.
Chewing sugar free gum after eating smelly foods is another way of avoiding bad breath triggers.
Bad breath is extremely common and can be a very embarrassing subject matter for those that have it and those who come into contact with someone who has it. Diet can play a factor in bad breath, for example if some one eats a very spicy meal, or one full of garlic. Certain foods and drink can make the breath smell less than fresh, but can easily be freshened up by using a mouthwash or sugar free gum. Bad breath that will not go away is often due to poor oral hygiene techniques. Bacteria and tarter in the mouth can start to smell very quickly and using a minty fresh piece of gum will only mask this in the short-term. The only way to get rid of bad breath is to clean the teeth twice a day and to regularly visit the dentist at least twice a year. At Clifton Dental of Bristol during patients check-up we are able to see oral decay not visible to the naked eye, which can cause a bad odour, so maintaining regular contact with your dentist and hygienist is very important. Look at the brush you are using and make sure it is doing its job properly, an old brush will not be as affective as a new brush, maybe think about using an electric brush and start flossing so that the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. For more help and information get in contact with us and banish that bad breath for good.
Bad breath (halitosis) is a common problem, which is easily treatable. Often, bad breath occurs in the morning and after eating strongly flavoured foods, but if you have unpleasant breath more frequently, there may be an underlying cause. Most cases of halitosis are linked to bacteria lingering in the mouth, usually at the back of the tongue. Good oral hygiene can help to keep these bacteria at bay, preventing them from collecting in the mouth and releasing odorous gases. Other possible causes of bad breath include smoking and taking some forms of medicine. If oral hygiene is the problem, we can offer advice about brushing and flossing at home, as well as providing powerful cleaning treatments, which tackle stubborn plaque and bacteria and leave the mouth feeling lovely and fresh. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes and having a check-up every 6 months to keep bad breath at bay. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating can also help to prevent bad breath, as well as stimulating saliva production, which helps to wash away food debris and neutralise acids in the mouth. If you have bad breath, you’re not alone; this is a very common issue and there’s nothing to be worried or embarrassed about. We are here to help banish bad breath for good!