Sometimes, you might not realize it until someone politely (or not so politely) points it out, but if you have bad breath that won’t go away, then you shouldn’t ignore it. If the cause of your chronic bad breath (halitosis) is a serious dental issue, then you will need to seek professional treatment to cure it. However, in many cases, you may be able to freshen your bad breath with a few simple tips for fighting its common causes.
Clean your tongue as well as your teeth
Brushing and flossing your teeth is mandatory not just for bad breath control, but also for keeping your teeth and gums clean and free of disease. Yet, oral bacteria (which contribute to dental plaque buildup) also tend to congregate on your tongue. When you brush, be sure to clean the surfaces of your tongue, including the top and sides, to control bad breath-causing bacteria.
Drink water instead of soft drinks
Water acts as a natural rinse for your mouth, and is highly-efficient at neutralizing the substances oral bacteria produce. On the contrary, many soft drinks, sports drinks, and juices contain nutrients that can feed bacteria, making them stronger and more likely to taint your breath and oral health.
Swish with anti-bacterial mouthwash
As you might have guessed, anti-bacterial mouthwash specifically targets harmful microbes, and when added to your dental hygiene routine, it can boost your ability to prevent or eliminate chronic bad breath. You can find many mouthwash brands that are designed to fight bad breath, or for more serious cases, ask your dentist to prescribe a more powerful anti-bacterial mouth rinse.
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At DentaCare Dental in Tyler, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Tyler, TX office today at (903) 686-1308. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our various other locations in Garland, Longview, and Arlington, TX, as well as Bossier City, LA.