Having a clean mouth and a good standard of dental hygiene can go really far and having poor dental hygiene or being plagued by bad breath can do completely the opposite. Did you know that bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath? Well, this is the case 90% of the time, and it’s these tiny little pests that are attached to the tongue that are responsible for that foul odor. Over 60 million people worldwide suffer from oral odor (bad breath) and most of the time, they are not aware that there are many simple actions that can reduce bad breath almost instantaneously. The table below will go into detail on a number of methods that can be used to combat bad breath.
Brushing teeth – You should aim to brush your teeth gently but thoroughly, at least twice a day. Using a strong, mint toothpaste can also freshen up your mouth and enhance your breath odor. Brushing the teeth after meals and before going to bed are also vital in protecting your mouth against decay, which can also cause an unpleasant odor. Flossing and using a mouth rinse can also aid the full cleanse of the mouth and leave you with a fresher feeling.
Tongue brushing – Some toothbrushes are equipped with a tongue scraper on the back of the brush head. These can be used to gently clean the tongue after the teeth have been brushed. It is essential to scrape the tongue in order to remove bacteria and prevent the build-up which leads to bad breath.
Using mints and chewing gum – When choosing chewing gum or mints as breath fresheners, you should ensure that they are sugar-free or xylitol based. This mean that while the mints or chewing gum are keeping your breath odor-free and fresh, they are also benefitting your general oral hygiene by not causing tooth decay or the deposition of sugar on the teeth.
So, as you can see combatting the problems of bad breath are not daunting and can be done very easily and relatively inexpensively. For the best results, you should use a combination of techniques and make a regular habit of ensuring you have all the products that you need – this will make improving your breath a whole lot easier and soon it will become second nature.
Improving your oral hygiene is vital in overall dental health and for yourself as an individual. It is easy to rectify and easy to maintain, all that is required is a little investment of your time and care in looking after your teeth, gums and tongue. A healthy mouth is well worth it!