Bid Farewell To Bad Breath With These Tips!

Bid Farewell To Bad Breath With These Tips!

Posted by Cascade Family Dental on May 11 2023, 04:58 AM

Bad breath is caused by several factors. Persistent dry mouth, halitosis (bad breath), and gum disease are all caused by the same thing: bacteria. Here are a few helpful tips to eliminate bad breath. 

Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily

By brushing twice a day, you can help keep your breath fresh and prevent decay between the teeth. In order for plaque and tartar to be removed effectively, you must brush both the outsides and insides of each tooth. Plaque can hide in tiny places between teeth and below the gum line; therefore, you should brush your molars as well. You must also brush along the gum line using a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid gingivitis.

Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush. Hard bristles can damage your gums and damage enamel. Consider using an electric toothbrush over a manual one because it can help to thoroughly clean the teeth without causing harm. Consult with your dentist to see which type of toothbrush is right for you.

Floss at Least Once a Day

If you don't floss often, you may not be getting the full benefits of the home care you're providing for your teeth. Flossing is essential for cleaning between teeth and preventing plaque buildup, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Plaque can build up in between teeth and harden into tartar if it isn't removed. If left untreated, this can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Flossing can help to remove plaque from areas a toothbrush can't reach.


Brush Your Tongue

Bacteria reside on mucus membranes in the mouth and tongue, causing bad breath. To combat this cause, brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Use a toothbrush with a soft-bristled head or a tongue-scraper and gently brush the surface of your tongue from back to front. This will loosen and remove bacteria that are causing your bad breath.

Avoid Dry Mouth

Don't drink beverages with caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. All of these substances dry out the mouth. Use a humidifier at night in your bedroom to keep the air moist. Saliva is the body's natural defense against cavities and bad breath. When your mouth is dry, saliva won't flow properly to wash away leftover food particles and help fight bacteria.

To decrease the risk of dry mouth, be sure to use fluoride toothpaste and drink plenty of water to keep your gums hydrated.

If you are looking for ways to enjoy comfortable dental care, schedule a consultation with Cascade Family Dental. We are located at 925 Corporate Center Pkwy., Suite-G, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Contact us at (707) 635-6565 or visit our website to book an appointment. 

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