In our last blog we covered causes of bad breath. Once you feel you have pinpointed down the cause for halitosis, the next step is figuring out how to get rid of it. It can be quite simple if you follow some of the following suggestions.
Visit your dentist regularly and have your teeth cleaned, preferably twice a year. This will ensure your teeth are professionally clean and any problems will be caught early on. Between these cleanings be sure to use an electric toothbrush. They are proven to do a better job than a standard toothbrush and kids love them! Brush at least twice a day and look for a specialized toothpaste that is made for bad breath. This type of toothpaste will contain freshening components and ingredients that work to combat bacteria that cause smelly breath. Flossing is necessary to reach the crevices between your teeth and remove food particles that start to smell. After you floss and brush, a mouthwash can give your mouth extra protection against bad breath. There are mouthwashes on the market that work for up to 12 hours.
If you are following all these tips, but are still concerned about your breath quality, try a tongue scraper. You can buy them at most drugstores and they work by cleaning the rough surface of your tongue where bacteria forms. You can also brush your tongue with your toothbrush, but this handy little tool guarantees to work effectively.