Bad breath can be related to any number of different factors. Sometimes chronic bad breath can be linked to another oral health condition like chronic dry mouth, or periodontal disease. However, there are other times when bad breath is attributed to or contributed to by poor oral hygiene conditions in the mouth. This is often related to a high bacterial load on the rough surfaces of soft oral tissues.
A focused and consistent daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice and flossing at least once each day can significantly reduce bad breath odors. When brushing you should try to focus on working the bristled head in a circular motion around each face of the tooth. It should take you approximately two to three minutes to fully brush both sets of teeth.
The ADA also advocates flossing at least once each day to remove stray food material and plaque buildup from between your teeth and gumline. Be sure to also focus on flossing behind your last molar as bacterial deposits can become trapped here as well. Once this is done you can vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or perform a basic tongue cleaning.
You might want to also consider brushing it with your wet toothbrush. There are also special tongue scrapers sold in stores. This is typically a small plastic handle with a mild edge on one side. You should work from front to back making multiple overlapping sweeps. If you notice a buildup of material on the blade edge, you should rinse it off before making another pass over your tongue.
If you live in the St. George, Utah, area and you have bad breath that you suspect is related to an oral hygiene issue, you can call 435-628-0621 to speak to Dr. Mark Baker or a member of staff at Premier Dental.