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Bad breath can result from several different causes. Halitosis related to a medical issue or a dry mouth side effect might require the help of your primary physician. However, many instances of chronic bad breath can be attributed to plaque buildup and bacteria in the mouth.

One easy way to reduce an issue like this is to include a thorough tongue cleaning into your daily oral hygiene routine. It’s most convenient to do this after you’re done brushing your teeth by brushing your tongue in a gentle circular motion. Make sure you brush around the sides of the tongue and the rough surface of the taste buds. This will help clean your tongue from some bacteria and refresh your mouth.

Some people like to use a tongue scraper. This simple device usually comes in the form of a small, plastic handle with a mildly sharp edge on one end. To use it, you simply work from front to back making multiple overlapping sweeps. If you notice a buildup of material on the blade edge, you should rinse it off before making another pass over your tongue.

Once you’re done brushing or scraping the surface of your tongue, you can floss your teeth. With this done, you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to help wash away lingering bacteria and freshen your breath. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash can’t clean between teeth with the effectiveness of flossing. Any material left in these areas will once again promote plaque formation and bad breath.

If you live in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 317-357-8548 to schedule a checkup with Dr. James McAllister at East Indianapolis Dental Associates.