Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is usually the first line of defense against bad breath; brushing your teeth at least twice a day is recommended to keep your mouth clean and your breath fresh.

But what if the problem persists after you’ve brushed your teeth? A variety of factors can contribute to bad breath after brushing.

Brushing your teeth everyday is very important because it helps you prevent cavities, you need to remove plaque, the transparent layer of bacteria that coats the teeth.

The best way to do this is by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

Brushing also stimulates the gums, which helps to keep them healthy and prevent gum disease.

1. Dry mouth

When bacteria accumulate in your mouth, a lack of saliva may contribute to bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by a lack of water intake throughout the day, as well as by certain medical conditions or drugs.

If you suspect that your bad breath is the result of a dry mouth, drink more water throughout the day and consult your dentist or doctor if the problem persists.

2. Gum disease and tooth decay

Bacteria that cause bad breath can hide in the cavities of your teeth. It’s difficult to get rid of bacteria because it’s buried in places you can’t reach when you clean your teeth.

These bacteria can also be found in gum disease’s deep pockets.

3. Medical situation

Sinus infections, strep throat, acid reflux, and other systemic problems can all cause persistent bad breath.

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Because the mouth is correctly referred to as the “portal to the body,” if you suspect your halitosis is caused by health risks, see your doctor and share your concerns.

4. Specific foods

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For example, onions and garlic may linger on your breath even after you’ve brushed your teeth. Garlic breath, for example, can last for a day or more.

When garlic enters your stomach, the oils circulate through your bloodstream and into your lungs, where they can be inhaled. In a 2016 study, researchers discovered that raw apple, raw lettuce, and mint leaves could deodorize garlic breath.

5. Tonsil stones

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Tonsil stones form when material in your tonsils, such as food and dead cells, builds up and hardens into small white structures. They are sometimes visible, sometimes not, and they rarely cause major problems.

However, the most common symptom of tonsil stones is bad breath. Bacteria can grow in confined trash, producing a foul odor.

6. Smoking

Smoking is bad for your breath, but it’s also bad for your health.

Cigarette smoking causes bad breath. It can also cause your mouth to dry out, increasing your risk of gum disease. Dry mouth and gum disease can both cause bad breath.

Tips on Proper Brushing

Dentists say that the minimum time you should spend brushing your teeth is 2 minutes twice a day. Here are some tips on how to brush properly:

  • Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gumline. Gently brush from where the tooth and gum meet to the chewing surface in short (about half-a-tooth-wide) strokes. Brushing too hard can cause receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and, over time, loose teeth.
  • Use the same method to brush all outside and inside surfaces of your teeth.

To clean the chewing surfaces of your teeth, use short sweeping strokes, tipping the bristles into the pits and crevices.

  • To clean the inside surfaces of your top and bottom front teeth and gums, hold the brush almost vertical. With back and forth motions, bring the front part of the brush over the teeth and gums.

Using a forward-sweeping motion, gently brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove the decay-causing bacteria that exist in these places.

  • Use an egg timer or play a favorite song while brushing your teeth to get used to brushing for a full 2 to 3 minutes. Some electronic toothbrushes have timers that let you know when 2 minutes are up.

Facts on Flossing

Brushing is important but it won’t remove the plaque and particles of food between your teeth, under the gumline, or under braces. You’ll need to floss these spaces at least once a day.

The type of floss you choose depends on how much space you have between your teeth. Dentists usually recommend unwaxed floss because it’s thinner and easier to slide through small spaces. However, studies have shown that there is no major difference in the effectiveness based on the type of floss used.

With any floss, you should be careful to avoid injuring your gums. Follow these instructions:

  • Carefully insert the floss between two teeth, using a back and forth motion. Gently bring the floss to the gumline, but don’t force it under the gums. Curve the floss around the edge of your tooth in the shape of the letter “C” and slide it up and down the side of each tooth.
  • Repeat this process between all your teeth, and remember to floss the back sides of your back teeth.

 

Tooth-Whitening Products

Some toothpastes claim to whiten teeth. There’s nothing wrong with using whitening toothpastes as long as they also contain fluoride and ingredients that fight plaque and tartar. But these toothpastes alone don’t contain much in the way of whitening ingredients and probably won’t noticeably change the color of your teeth.

It’s easy to be lured by ads telling people they need gleaming white teeth. But these ads are really targeted to older people. The truth is that most teens don’t need tooth whitening because teeth usually yellow as a person gets older.

If you think your teeth aren’t white enough, though, talk to your dentist before you try any over-the-counter whitening products. Your dentist may be able to offer you professional treatment, which will be suited to your unique needs and will work better than over-the-counter products.

Be careful when buying over-the-counter whitening products. Some bleaching agents may damage your gums and mouth. So always follow the instructions on any whitening product you use.

 

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