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If you take a walk down the dental aisle at your local store, you will see plenty of mouthwashes and rinses designed to solve the problem of bad breath. Stop in at any gas station or convenience store and you can buy mints and gum that claim to give you fresher breath. There are many ways to beat bad breath, let’s talk about some of them.

First, let’s get back to the basics: you need to brush at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time. If possible, it is a great idea to brush about 30 minutes after every meal. Don’t forget to floss before bed each night. Remember, it doesn’t matter which one you do first, as long as you do a thorough job of brushing and flossing. While you have your toothbrush out, make sure to clean your tongue. Everyone’s tongue is carpeted with bacteria that contribute to bad breath.

Another step is to use mouthwash as part of your dental hygiene routine. You should look for a mouthwash containing fluoride to give your teeth some extra protection. If you use mouthwash during the day, it will work as a temporary fix. Mouthwash is a great addition to brushing and flossing, not a replacement.

Chew sugarless gum, or snack on carrots apples or other foods that require chewing. When you do those things, you stimulate the production of saliva, which is your body’s way of keeping your mouth clean.

If you use tobacco in any form, it is time to quit. In addition to causing bad breath tobacco use increases your risk for gum disease and cancer.

Finally, see your dentist. If you have bad breath, regular visits for cleanings and checkups can help you beat bad breath. During your exam, your dentist can spot and address problems like gum disease and tooth decay that can lead to bad breath, It’s also important that you talk with your dentist about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking. Your dentist may want to speak with your physician about other treatments.

If you are dealing with bad breath, or have other dental issues, our dentist, Dr. Joel Manalese at Regal Dentistry in Riverside, California, will happy to give you an exam and talk about treatment options. To schedule an appointment with us, call 951-643-4405 today.