At Michelsen Dental in Orange CA, our patients sometimes ask if mouthwash cures bad breath. Our answer? Treating bad breath with mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower.
Mouthwash is only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive ailments. Many of them contain alcohol, which can make bad breath worse by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grow faster in a dry environment.
Getting Down to Brass Tacks
To do away with bad breath, you need to find the cause. To get rid of hidden bacteria multiplying between teeth, pay more attention to thorough flossing and brushing.
A haphazard thirty-second brushing won’t prevent bad breath (or cavities). Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill, but remember that there is a lot of area to cover on multiple planes.
Devise a system to brush every reachable surface of every tooth. Use a soft toothbrush. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gumline on both sides. Brush your gums, sides of mouth, palate, and tongue, also.
At Michelsen Dental in Orange CA, we want our patients to enjoy clean and healthy teeth and gums, as well as fresh breath. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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