When you first wake up in the morning, the stale taste and smell of your breath is enough to prompt you to brush your teeth before doing anything else. Sometimes, though, the smell of bad breath can remain even after brushing and flossing, which could indicate that there is more involved than just a simple case of morning breath. In many cases, it is a hint that your oral hygiene is not as effective as it could and should be, meaning your risks of more serious dental health issues are higher than normal. To help you get rid of persistent bad breath and reduce your risks of such issues, we offer a few tips to improve the effectiveness of your daily hygiene.
Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once are vital to keeping harmful oral bacteria at bay, but if you neglect your tongue, then they can still accumulate on its surface. The bacteria that tend to gather on your tongue are the same that are most responsible for chronic bad breath. To keep them under control, be sure to brush your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper every time you brush your teeth.
Drink more water than juice and sodas.
Sodas are packed with sugar and more likely to cause your teeth to decay, but fruit juices sound a lot healthier, so people often choose them instead. Unfortunately, fruit juices also contain loads of sugar that can feed oral bacteria, helping them grow stronger and more harmful. By contrast, water is a natural neutralizing agent of oral bacteria and the substances they produce. Drink more of it to reduce your risks of developing chronic bad breath and other dental concerns.
Ask Your Dentist About Getting Rid of Bad Breath
If your bad breath doesn’t go away after improving your hygiene routine, then there may be an underlying problem that your dentist should know about. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling Coppertop Family Dental in Redmond, OR, today at (541) 923-5927.