When dental patients ask if mouthwash cures bad breath, one of us on the team at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas tells them that treating bad breath with a mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower. It’s only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive conditions.
The best-selling mouthwashes have a considerable amount of alcohol, which can exacerbate bad breath by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grow even speedier in a dry environment.
To do away with bad breath, you need to find the cause. To get rid of hidden bacteria multiplying between teeth, pay more attention to thorough flossing and brushing.
A haphazard, thirty-second brushing won’t prevent halitosis (or cavities). Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill if you have been a speed-brusher, but remember that there is a lot of area to cover on multiple planes.
Devise a system to brush every reachable surface of every tooth. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gumline on both sides. Brush your gums, sides of mouth, palate, and tongue, also.
Schedule a deep dental cleaning at Providence Dental with the best hygienist in the area and request a refresher (no pun intended) course on brushing and flossing.
If your tongue is the culprit, you might want to start using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping has become quite popular, especially among the college crowd. A tongue scraper works like a squeegee to scrape bacteria and food particles off the surface of the tongue.
At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we treat many people with bad breath. There is no reason to feel embarrassed. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.
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