Having trouble with bad breath? Here are seven easy dental tips you can apply to combat it.
1. Gargle with lemon and water.
Instead of washing your mouth with just water, squeeze a bit of lemon into your glass. Lemon has antioxidants that can dilute strong smell and help in the bad breath elimination process. Gargling with lemon and water can also be done not just when you are brushing your teeth but anytime of the day.
2. Use a good toothpaste.
Not all toothpastes are the same. Choose a toothpaste strong enough and particularly suited to defeat bad breath and kill all types of bacteria in your mouth. Search the web for feedback of experts and users on different toothpastes.
3. Have regular dental cleaning.
To prevent and cure bad breath, personal brushing and hygiene is not enough. Regular dental cleaning by a professional dentist is important because professional cleaning is a lot more thorough and can detect all possible problems you may not see. Make sure you take time to visit the dentist at least every four to six months.
4. Change toothbrush regularly.
Remember that bacteria can also accumulate in your toothbrush, no matter how many times you wash it. So make sure to replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
5. Be careful of commercial mouthwashes.
All mouthwashes claim to make the mouth cleaning process more effective by killing bacteria. However, too much mouthwash can irritate the gums, tongue, and mucous membranes as mouthwash often contains too much alcohol combined with flavors and dye. Ask for professional advice if you really want to use a particular mouthwash.
Brushing and gargling alone is not enough. Flossing a few times a week is important to remove very small pieces of food stuck between teeth and which may cause odor.
7. Brush your tongue.
Studies have shown that brushing the tongue is a very effective way to reduce the onset of bad breath. If you find yourself grimacing at the thought of scrubbing your tongue, the fact is you just have to brush it gently to wash away very small pieces of food substances that may have been trapped in your tongue.
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