Bad breath can be embarrassing and can cause you to avoid social and professional interactions. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a number of factors.

Brushing your teeth

The human mouth is full of bacteria that feed on the leftover food particles and emit sulfur compound that causes bad breath. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps remove bacteria and food debris from the mouth. You can also brush your tongue to remove the odor-causing bacteria. A tongue scrapper can help remove these bacteria from the back of the tongue, as brushing the tongue with a toothbrush is less effective.

Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, as it is effective in fighting cavities and tooth decay.  

When it comes to proper technique, make sure you’re angling the head of your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the areas of your gums where plaque tends to collect, such as along the gum line and in between each tooth. Then hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently move the bristles in a circular motion as you clean the surface of each tooth.


Make sure to floss at least once every day to clean between teeth and remove plaque buildup. When you floss, you remove food particles and plaque buildup from between teeth and along the gum line, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque can irritate gums and make teeth appear yellow. If plaque is not removed regularly, it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist using special tools. It’s important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and to brush gently to protect your gums.

Brushing your tongue

Bacteria can gather on the tongue and cause foul breath. Using a toothbrush or scraper to clean off your tongue can help eliminate bad odor. You should also scrape the back of your tongue to help clear out any food debris that might be stuck there. If you are having trouble reaching the back of your tongue with a toothbrush, you can use a tongue scraper instead.

Cleaning dentures and dental appliances

Follow the cleaning instructions for both fixed and removable appliances. Use products that are designed for cleaning and disinfecting these dental devices. Not having your removable device properly cleaned and maintained can lead to serious health problems like infections and diseases. Besides, bacteria and plaque can build up and cause gum disease, cavities, and other oral health issues. It’s essential that you clean your dentures thoroughly every day so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.

If you’d like to learn more, then contact our dental office at (503) 581-2446 today. We’d be happy to help answer any questions that you may have.

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