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Bad Breath can sometimes prove to be socially embarrassing. While some cases of halitosis or chronic bad breath can be related to other conditions, acute bad breath can sometimes be attributed to excess bacteria in your mouth.

This can sometimes be mitigated by a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once each day to reduce bacteria and plaque buildup. Adding a brief tongue cleaning can also help you maintain fresh breath.

Rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or cleaning your tongue could also help freshen your breath and reduce plaque development.

Some people also like to use a tongue scraper to help clean their tongue. This is a simple oral hygiene device that consists of a small plastic handle with a mildly sharp edge at the end. You work from front to back making multiple overlapping sweeps of your tongue. If a little material builds up on the edge of the tongue scraper you can rinse it away.

When you’re done brushing, and flossing you can then vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This can help wash away any loosened plaque and kill bacteria.

If you live in the Chickasha, Oklahoma, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 405-222-0222 to schedule a checkup at 29th Street Dental Care.