Bad Breath (Halitosis)
We have all heard about it, joked about it, and even had it: bad breath, and by calling it halitosis does not make it smell any better. Bad breath is everyone's nemesis, increasing self-consciousness, causing embarrassment and negatively affecting social lives everywhere. Happily, there are several things you can do to have sweet breath and a fresh mouth.
Brushing, Flossing, and Scraping
Plaque is a major cause of bad breath, so brushing three times a day, followed up by flossing once daily will decrease your chances of bad breath. The less popular technique as brushing and flossing is tongue scraping or brushing. That thick coating that often appears on your tongue is none other than bacteria with a putrid smell. You can simply brush your tongue with your toothbrush to remove it or purchase a tongue scraper to do the job.
Take Care with What Goes in Your Mouth
Onions and garlic are often cited as major causes of bad breath and it is true, even as delicious as they are, they will leave your breath smelling less than sweet. Brushing won't solve the problem because the essence of the onions and garlic makes its way through your bloodstream into your lungs where you eventually breathe them out. The only way to avoid bad breath from garlic and onions is not eat them. Smoking is another bad breath enhancer that also stains teeth, causes cancer and damages gums.
If your bad breath persists, do not hesitate to call our dental office to make sure all is healthy and well and there are not underlying medical conditions causing the problem.