Oral Hygiene Changes to Treat Bad Breath

Small oral hygiene changes are enough to inhibit growth of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth which is the prime cause of bad breath.

  • Brush teeth twice a day after meals. (Brushing before breakfast is not as effective as brushing after meals)
  • Always brush in a circular motion – touching both teeth and gums.
  • Brush for at least 2 minutes. A quick brush is not enough.
  • Dip the toothbrush in mouthwash and use this to clean the tongue and inside of the mouth. Don’t just concentrate on teeth and tongue. Clean deep inside mouth to keep bad breath at bay.
  • Flossing ensures that no food particles remain in the mouth.
  • Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol and dyes. They provide only temporary relief and do not cure bad breath.
  • Change your toothbrush as soon as its bristles become soft and ineffective.
  • Use a waterjet to effectively flush residual food from the mouth.
  • Clean back of the tongue with a tongue cleaner daily. Unclean tongue contains dead cells which promotes anaerobic bacterial proliferation and results in bad breath
  • Visit the dentist regularly to clean dental caries.

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