How Failing to Clean Your Tongue Can Lead to Halitosis
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Moyer Office
Brushing your teeth twice a day is a good way to fight against halitosis, a fancier way of saying bad breath. But there is one thing many people forget to do, and that is clean their tongue. We are not saying it is the end of the world, but a common reason why some people wonder why they have bad breath no matter how much they brush, gargle mouthwash or eat strong mints.
If You Have Persistent Halitosis, Start With Your Tongue
Your tongue comes in contact with every single piece of food that enters your mouth, making it easy for bacteria to grow and feed off of food particles that have been left at the back of the tongue. This is why some people develop persistent bad breath and struggle to find the solution. It is easy to forget about cleaning your tongue since, admittedly, it isn't talked about as often as it should be.
Many top-brand toothbrushes on the market have a tongue cleaner on the back of the head. If your toothbrush has this, then you should see a bunch of little bumps in this area. During a brushing session, simply scrape your tongue from the back to the front multiple times covering the entire surface area. After doing this, you should be in the clear and no longer have to keep an extended distance from everyone!
An additional tip: If you eat lots of garlic and onion, the only way to completely get rid of the odor is to cut back. There are certain strong foods that will linger for a while and overpower everything you try to throw at them.
If your halitosis still persists, don't hesitate to call us. Bad breath that refuses to go away can be a sign of gum disease or a salivary gland infection. We will be able to set up an appointment for you to take the next steps toward treatment if you have oral health problems.