Everybody Has It
"I brush my teeth and use mouthwash. Why do I still have bad breath?"
This is an easy question I get at our office almost everyday. (Short answer - floss and scrape your tongue everyday)
Bad breath comes from two places; your mouth and your throat. I'll address the mouth but if you have chronic sinus problems or active tonsils, the source may be your throat and you need to see your doctor.
Debris and bacteria is what causes the odor of bad breath. So the answer is simple, keep your mouth clean and you'll have the best breath possible.
There are 4 things you can do to improve your breath.
- Brush - for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Electric toothbrushes are great but you can get just as clean with a manual.
- Floss - once a day. When you brush you are only cleaning about 75% of your teeth. The bristles can't reach in between and without flossing you are storing days, weeks, or MONTHS! worth of food and plaque. That stuff stinks.
- Mouthwash - Pick anyone you want. I like the ones without alcohol.
- Scrape Your Tongue - Trust me, you'll love it. Pick-up one of these at the store and it'll change your dental life. Use it in the morning and you'll be glad what comes off in the sink is not in your mouth anymore.
Now that you are starting your day with a clean mouth, keep it that way by watching what you eat. Limit the sweets and stay away from gum and mints with sugar in them.
You'll be minty for 10 minutes but your breath will actually be worse when that wears off.
Follow this basic hygeine regimine and you'll see an improvement in your breath.