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Simple Ways to Freshen Your Breath

Posted in Gum Disease

Freshening your breath isn’t just about using popular mouth rinses or gums. There are some very practical steps you can take to help eliminate bad breath and prevent it from recurring. The #1 cause of halitosis is bacteria in your mouth, so eliminating or reducing bacterial levels is extremely important when you want to prevent your bad breath from coming back.

Most bad-breath bacteria hide on the surface of your tongue. Thousands of small papilla on your tongue’s surface allow bacteria to build-up and emit odor as they begin to break down. Brushing your tongue helps, but using a tongue scraper is even better. This thin plastic device is drug over your tongue, starting in the back and working your way to the front, and visibly removes large amounts of bacterial deposits. You’ll be amazed when you use one for the first time!

Untreated gum disease can cause breath to be so bad that it can be smelt across the room. In addition to flossing each day to remove food buildup, it’s important for you to have a professional cleaning so that deep tartar and bacteria can be completely eliminated from existing gum pockets. Otherwise you’ll not only have bad breath, you’ll also be at risk to lose your teeth.

Utilizing essential oils can be very effective at instantly giving your breath a freshened boost. Just a drop or two of peppermint essential oil, or an oral-blend can bring instant minty breath that lasts for hours. Put it on your toothbrush and use it along with toothpaste twice each day, and you’ll notice tremendous results.

Bad breath can also be the result of allergies, medication, or an underlying health condition. If halitosis persists, be sure to talk to your dentist.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers

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