Bad breath, or halitosis, can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. However, it is treatable and preventable. Here are a few tips.
Brushing and flossing regularly
Brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help remove food particles and plaque from your teeth. Plaque can harden into calculus, which can only be removed by a dentist during a professional cleaning. Failing to remove this plaque can lead to the development of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
Most dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. If you have an electric toothbrush, the bristles typically need to be replaced every four to six months. Worn-out toothbrushes will not clean your teeth effectively and can even aggravate your gums.
Brushing your tongue
In addition, brushing your tongue will remove the coating of bacteria on its surface as well. This bacteria can cause bad breath. Using a tongue scraper is an even better option when it comes to removing these food remnants. However, both a toothbrush and a tongue scraper should be used to get rid of bad breath and maintain a beautiful smile.
A tongue scraper is a great tool to get rid of bad breath and the bacteria that cause it. Bacteria love to hide on the rough surface of the tongue, so using a tongue scraper can help you clean those hard-to-reach places! You can pick up a tongue scraper at your local drugstore.
Cleaning your dentures and dental appliances
Keeping your dentures clean ensures their longevity and provides a comfortable fit. Here are some tips for cleaning your dentures and dental appliances.
Always wash your hands first before you handle your dentures. Soak, brush, and rinse your dentures every night to keep them in top condition! Use a soft-bristled denture brush and a soap made for cleaning dentures every few days to remove stains and plaque. Be sure to rinse your denture thoroughly under running water before brushing to remove any loose debris. When you are not wearing your dentures, store them in a container of cold water or a denture cleaning solution to soak and help keep them free of bacteria.
Schedule regular dental visits
In addition to maintaining your oral hygiene routine at home, also schedule regular visits with your dental care provider. At these visits to the dentist's office, we will perform a comprehensive set of examinations to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and catch any potential problems early when they are most easily treatable. We can work with you to help you develop an effective home care regimen that will target your unique dental health needs and concerns.
For the best dental care, visit Discount Dental at 2735 W Court St, Pasco, WA 99301, or call (509) 212-9227 to book an appointment.