How to stop bad breath

Article provided byElite Dental Group

Bad breath originates from the gums and tongue and is a common but embarrassing condition. Patients are advised to use several techniques to fight bad breath by keeping their teeth, tongue, and gums healthy.

Here are some simple tips that will help reduce bad breath.

Brush your teeth – Brushing teeth twice daily for 2 minutes will remove food particles and plaque that are lodge in your teeth. Use a soft brush and follow a gentle massaging circular motion instead of a harsh up and down movement.

Floss daily – Flossing before bed will remove food between teeth which a toothbrush cannot remove.

Brush or scrape your tongue – Brushing the tongue will help to remove bacteria build-up and improve your sense of taste. You can use a tongue scraper or a toothbrush to clean your tongue.

A mouth rinse – Mouth rinses are advisable only for an emergency freshen-up as they can worsen bad breath by irritating oral tissues.

Quit smoking – Smoking does not only increase bad breath as it dries the mouth, it is bad for teeth as nicotine and tar cause severe staining.

Drink water – Avoid dry mouth by drinking at least one liter of water daily. Drinking water will help to clean food particles and bacteria, which are the main cause of bad breath.

Consume sugar-free gum or candy – Chewing on sugar-free gum or candy can help to increase the saliva flow in your mouth, washing away bacteria and food debris.

Visit a dentist – Visit a dentist who can check your teeth and mouth for any conditions that may cause bad breath. Decayed or damaged teeth and gums can be a cause for bad breath and will require medical treatment.

Elite Dental Group headed by Dr. Andre Eliasian has helped many patients to improve their oral habits and achieve a beautiful smile. The clinic offers a wide range of services that include but are not limited to cosmetic dentistry, wisdom tooth extraction, tooth whitening, oral surgery, and more. If you are in Glendale, Burbank or neighboring cities call for an appointment.