More than 90 million people suffer from chronic halitosis or bad breath. In most cases it originates from the gums and tongue. If bacteria are the culprits, there are simple methods to reduce them.
Keeping your mouth clean helps eliminate bacteria. Here are some easy steps for an at-home full-mouth disinfection. The key is to focus on all areas where bacteria may reside. This at-home full disinfection includes thorough brushing, proper use of dental floss, mouth rinse and cleaning the tongue.
It is also important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. To alleviate the odor, clean your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper (a plastic tool that scrapes away bacteria that builds on the tongue). Chewing sugar-free gum also may help control the odor. If you have dentures or a removable appliance, such as a retainer or mouth-guard, clean the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth. Before you use mouth rinses, deodorizing sprays or tablets, talk with your dentist because these products only mask the odor temporarily and some products work better than others.
Brushing To Go
With Dental Dots you can clean your teeth anytime, anywhere, without having to carry around a toothbrush, toothpaste or even having to find a sink. Dental Dots are small, dime-size disks made of tiny nylon bristles. Dental Dots contain a mint flavored, saliva activated fluoride toothpaste. To use, just stick the disposable pad on the end of your finger. Dental Dots are small enough to be carried in any pocket.
Best Dental Floss
Threaded, unwaxed, floss is the most recommended by dentists for various reasons. Multiple threads trap bacteria and debris better than waxed, ribbon-like floss. Frayed floss may indicate that a filling or crown is faulty or failing.
Some patients prefer the Glide (waxed, ribbon-like) products as it is more comfortable to use, especially in very tight tooth-to-tooth contacts. Also, there are new products available that incorporate a handle and the floss that allows for easier access to the posterior teeth.