Bad breath can come from a number of different sources. It can come from the foods you eat, how well (or not so well) you brush your teeth, or from ailments like gum disease.
However, if you do not have gum disease and you keep up with brushing and flossing each day, but still have bad breath, you may be missing something obvious.
Part of your brushing routine should include brushing your tongue, as that can hold on to a lot of bacteria when left alone. If you haven’t been doing that, you may have found your bad breath culprit.
How to Keep Your Tongue Clean
The first thing you need to do to keep your tongue clean is to make sure to brush it each time you brush your teeth. Brush it from the back, forward, and make sure to brush some circles on it to lift any debris stuck in by your taste buds. Next, you should use a tongue scraper and follow the same motion of back to front.
This brings all of the extra debris and bacteria to the front where it is easier to remove. Finally, you need to make sure that after you are done with these actions, you also rinse your mouth thoroughly with an antiseptic mouthwash or one with alcohol in it to ensure that the bacteria you moved will be wiped out.
Your tongue can be a huge source of bacteria. If you do not keep the surface of your tongue clean, it can lead to some very funky breath. Even if what you are eating is completely breath-friendly and free of garlic and onions, you could still wind up struggling with bad breath if you neglect to properly clean your tongue.
For more information, contact our office for help keeping your breath fresh and your tongue cleaner.