How to Avoid Bad Breath
Here at the Denali Family Dental Center, as Anchorage dentist we know that bad breath is not a condition to be proud of. Victims of bad breath could give anything to eliminate the conditions. The Anchorage dentist procedures involved in avoiding bad breath are very simple and easy to practice. They include;
1. Brushing and flossing teeth regularly
This is the most basic oral hygiene practice. Maintaining good oral hygiene is very important because it get rids of bad breath. Brushing and flossing teeth gets rid of plaque. Plaque carries a lot of bacteria in it. These bacteria are responsible for bad breath. Food particles that are trapped between teeth will decay after some time causing bad breath. Brushing and flossing will get rid of food that is trapped between teeth.
Brushing of teeth should be done twice a day and flossing should be done at least once a day. These procedures should not be done vigorously as they will cause teeth to wear out. Worn out teeth are vulnerable infections and decay.
2. Rinsing the mouth
It is very healthy to the teeth if you rinse the mouth with mouth wash regularly. Mouth wash will not only give you a fresher breath but will also kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. There are different types of mouth wash. There are those that cover up the smell but do not kill germs whereas there are those that kill the germs that cause bad breath and give a fresh breath. The latter is better since it removes bad breath and kills its source.
Rinsing the mouth is not always about mouth wash. You may not be in a position to access mouth wash. Rinsing the mouth with water after eating will help to prevent bad breath.
3. Scraping the tongue
The tongue is always covered by a coating of saliva. That thin film of saliva can be home to an array of bacteria that cause bad breath. To eradicate these bacteria it is important to gently brush the tongue with a soft toothbrush. Toothbrushes are sometimes too big to reach the back of the tongue. This is where a tongue scraper is important. Scrapers are designed in such a way that they will apply equal pressure along the surface of the tongue. By doing so, the scraper removes not only food debris but also bacteria and dead cells that are likely to cause bad breath.
4. Avoiding foods that have a foul smell
It is not at all times that bad breath will be caused by bacteria. The smell of the food that you eat is also a contributor to bad breath. There are foods with smells that will not be eradicated by brushing or rinsing the mouth. The smell of raw onions and garlic is hard to get rid of. The best way to avoid bad breath due to these foods is to not take them at all.