When my dental patients ask us if mouthwash cures bad breath in Davidson, we tell them that treating bad breath with a 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 problems.
The best-selling mouthwashes have a considerable amount of alcohol, which can even exacerbate bad breath by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grow even faster in a dry environment. To eliminate bad breath in Davidson, 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 halitosis or cavities. Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill if you have been a speed-brusher 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. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gum line on both sides. Don’t forget to brush your gums, sides of your mouth, palate, and tongue, as well. If your tongue is the culprit, you might want to start using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping has become quite popular, especially among the college crowd.
Schedule a deep dental cleaning at Dennis J Coleman DDS – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry with the best hygienist in the area and request a refresher course on brushing and flossing. We treat many individuals with bad breath in Davidson. There is no reason to feel embarrassed. Schedule an oral exam and bad breath consultation by calling us at 704-765-9516. Our office also provides patients with services such as dental crowns, gum disease treatment, and teeth whitening.