Everyone knows what it feels like to have bad breath. Most cases of bad breath occur after a good night’s sleep or a meal with moderate to heavy garlic or onion contents. In some cases, however, people may find that they have bad breath no matter how often they brush their teeth. Struggling with bad breath can be a huge confidence knock, especially when you continuously try to get rid of it to no avail. Rather than taking a look at how you can prevent bad breath, today we will be focusing on how to get rid of bad breath.
Determine the Source of Bad Breath
Most often, the source of bad breath will be a few different areas within the oral cavity, and for different reasons. Other times, bad breath can be caused by systemic diseases, diabetes, or kidney failure. Even sinus, throat, and nasal passage infections can cause persistent bad breath. You may be able to figure out and determine the source of bad breath on your own. If not, consult with your dentist to get their opinion on what the source may be so that you can move on to eliminating the bad breath at its point of origin.
Remove the Source of Bad Breath
Removing the source of bad breath is the easiest way to get rid of it. Start with removing bacteria, food particles, and other dead cells. Pay attention to getting into all the nooks and crannies of your mouth and making sure that bacteria, food, and old cells don’t linger is important to getting rid of the malodor.
Special attention to the tongue is of the utmost importance. This is the most common cause of bad breath. Bacteria and food are easily trapped on the tongue, but there’s an easy fix: get a tongue scraper, and be sure to brush and scrape your tongue everyday.
Other important actions to take include thoroughly and consistently brushing and flossing your teeth. Eliminating all trapped food is very important.
Next Steps to Getting Rid of Bad Breath
After your mouth is healthy and clean, you’ll want to keep up with regular dental visits and maintain good oral hygiene to ensure your breath stays fresh. If you’re unsure of what you should be doing to practice good oral hygiene, talk to your dentist for further guidance.
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