Cleaning the Tongue Can Help Minimize Bad Breath

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The bacterial population in your mouth can build up if you are inconsistent with brushing or flossing your teeth. This can cause significant malodors in the mouth and off-putting flavors. At the same time, some denture wearers can also suffer from chronic bad breath.

Rinsing and thoroughly brushing your teeth and dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste can help to clear away plaque residue and any lingering food material. You might also want to consider cleaning your tongue as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

Adding a tongue brushing to your routine can be as simple as brushing your tongue with your regular toothbrush, or by using a special tongue scraper. You can also try rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. Cleaning your tongue in any of these ways could help freshen your breath and reduce plaque buildup in your mouth.

Cleaning your tongue might also help to make sure that all of your oral hygiene products have the ADA’s Association’s Seal of Acceptance. Sometimes, ineffective or cosmetic mouthwash or toothpaste can fail to effectively clear away bacterial deposits that contribute to bad breath odors.

If you still struggle with chronic bad breath, it might be linked to an undiagnosed oral health problem. In a scenario like this, you should set up a checkup with our dentist, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz. In some of these cases, the bad breath problem might be related to developing periodontal disease or another oral health malady.

If you live in the Studio City, California, region, and if you have been struggling to control your bad breath, you should call (818) 755-2920 and schedule a checkup at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz.