Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups sometimes aren’t enough to address bad breath!
A variety of factors including a person’s unique physiology, diet, and dental habits can contribute to a situation that no amount of brushing will address.
Find out to put an end to your stubborn bad-breath problem by following these 3 tips from Triadent Dental!
1) Don’t Forget To Brush the Tongue!
Your tongue is a rough, porous surface. Like nothing else in your mouth, it traps all manner of particulate you generate when eating.
This accumulated build-up mixes with the natural bacteria in your mouth, generating much of the smell we associate with bad breath. This is why it’s critically important that those with bad breath scrub their tongue with their toothbrush every morning and night!
Most of this accumulation occurs at the back of the tongue closest to the throat. Depending on the sensitivity of your gag reflex, it can be uncomfortable to reach your brush back there. If you struggle, it might be a good idea to purchase a dedicated tongue cleaner to make things easier.
2) Consider Your Diet
Garlic and onions contribute to bad breath not because the smell sticks around your mouth, but because they get into your bloodstream!
Your body processes the nutrients in garlic and onions, but with those come several other chemical compounds. These compounds make it into your blood-stream, and eventually find their way to the bronchioles inside your lungs. As you breathe, they are expelled, and contribute to bad breath!
No amount of oral healthcare will impact the smell these foods create, so the only way to manage bad breath caused by them is to include less of them in your diet. After a time, these compounds will work their way through your system, and you’ll be left with fresh breath!
3) Use a Fluoride-Based Mouth Rinse
Most mouthwashes will feel like you’re making your mouth fresh, but few actually do! Alcohol-based mouthwash feels nice immediately after rinsing, but in many cases can actually contribute to bad breath. Alcohol cleanses your mouth of good and bad bacteria, leaving you feeling fresh for a little while, but creates the wrong balance of bacteria in your mouth. After a time, this imbalance can contribute to bad breath, and impact your oral health
Instead, it’s always best to use fluoride-based mouthwashes, like those used by dentists. These will do a far better job of handling bad breath, as well as improving your overall oral health!
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Suffering from chronic bad breath, and haven’t had any luck with the above solutions? You might have an issue that needs the insight of a professional to solve! To find the solution to chronic bad breath or any other oral health issue, let us know the problem you’re facing here!