Reducing or Eliminating Bad Breath.
Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others.
Ways to Reduce Bad Breath
- Floss regularly- As difficult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to freshen your mouth. By flossing you are reducing the plaque and bacteria found in areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply can’t reach, and in return it rids your mouth of the smell associated with that bacteria.
- Use Mouthwash- Using some sort of mouthwash can really freshen up your breath, especially if you find it still smells after brushing and flossing.
- Always Brush After You Sleep- Whether after taking a nap, or having a full nights sleep, you will want to brush your teeth in order to reduce bad breath. The truth is, bacteria accumulates in your mouth while you are sleeping ( even during a short nap) and that is ultimately the source of bad breath.
There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum or mints, the above mentioned are just a few for you to try. Test them out and you will likely find your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduce.
Do You Have Bleeding Gums When Flossing?
By no stretch is it rare for your gums to hurt during and after flossing. Even some bleeding is to be expected. This is especially true if you have not flossed in a long time. However, if your gums do indeed hurt when you floss, and unbearably so, there are some things you can do.
One of the most common occurrences of these gum problems is over-aggressive flossing. In other words, if you are too rough on your gums while flossing, either because you are out of practice or because you are in a hurry, soreness and hurting is to be expected, instead try taking your time and be gentle. Also, if you are just starting out, be patient and consistent, your gums will become more conditioned over time.
Alternative Methods to Flossing
If being consistent and gentle does not work, there are other alternatives methods of flossing that you can try. You can also try a water floss machine, or what is sometimes called water pick. The devices essentially shoots water into the crevasses between your teeth, and in other areas of your mouth, in order to dislodge food and plaque. These oral instruments also come with different attachments that allow you to reach many of the hard to see and reach areas of your mouth. Lastly, you can always buy flossing that is not as abrasive to your gums. There is floss that come with soft and gentle coatings that will do less harm to your gums while they are adjusting to the good oral hygiene.
Flossing is one of the easiest parts of oral hygiene to overlook. For more flossing tips, schedule an appointment with Hendersonville Family Dentistry in Hendersonville, TN. Call our office for your appointment today 615-822-8262