Bad Breath? Try a Tongue Scraper

Bad breath can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal, social and professional life.

In North America alone, consumers spend 2-3 billion dollars each year on mints, gums, and mouth rinses to try to make their breath “minty fresh.”

Bad breath (officially “halitosis”) can originate from a number of causes, but oral bacteria are the most common source. About 600 types of bacteria grow in the average person’s mouth.  If bacteria act on materials that have been trapped in your mouth, many of them produce unpleasant odors.

Most often, bad breath starts on the back of the tongue, the largest place in the mouth for a build-up of bacteria. In this area, bacteria can flourish on dead skin cells, remnants of food, and post-nasal drip.  As these bacteria grow and multiply they produce volatile sulfur compounds. These chemicals smell a lot like of rotten eggs – definitely not the hallmark of “fresh breath”!

In addition to bacteria on the tongue, halitosis may come from gum disease, tooth decay, or other dental problems. If you have chronic bad breath, it is imperative to have an oral care assessment and to treat any such problems that are found. Treating bacteria on the tongue without treating underlying periodontal disease will only temporarily cure bad breath.

Take control of tongue bacteria by brushing or scraping your tongue, with the possible addition of antiseptic mouth rinses. People who have bad breath have more coating on their tongues than those who don’t, and regularly cleaning the surface of the tongue has been demonstrated to reduce bad breath.

Tongue Scrapers have been designed specifically for the purpose of scraping or brushing the surface of the tongue. Using a toothbrush is not as effective as a tongue scraper.  A toothbrush is designed to clean the hard tooth surface, rather than the spongy surface of the tongue. To keep your breath fresh, you must regularly remove the coating from your tongue. Pick yourself up a tongue scraper or brush and use it every day – it will help keep your breath fresh, and you’ll probably find it will improve your sense of taste.

To learn more about Tongue Scrapers or Halitosis just contact our dental professionals at your next visit to Omni Dental in Council Bluffs or Carter Lake. We’ll gladly help you to maximize your oral health and avoid the embarrassment of chronically bad breath.

5 Minutes to Healthier Gums

We know you live a busy lifestyle, and you tend to rush in the morning. When you brush your teeth and floss in the morning, it’s not uncommon to forget about taking proper care of your gums! When’s the last time you thought about improving the health of your gums? Gums are a vital aspect of a healthy smile.

Unhealthy gums can cause several dental conditions that affect the overall health, look, and feel of your entire mouth. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a simple guide to healthier gums that will only take you 5 minutes each day.

Why are Healthy Gums Important?

Two words: gum disease! This annoying infection can affect your teeth and all the surrounding tissues in your mouth. Quite often adults will experience gum disease unknowingly, as it does not cause acute pain. However, untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss in adults.

If you notice any of these symptoms:

– Bleeding gums

– Red or swollen gums

– Bad breath that won’t go away

– Loose teeth

– Receding gum line

Speak with the dental team at Omni Dental dentistry in Council Bluffs and Carter Laker right away!

How To Improve Gum Health in 5 minutes a Day

1. Brush and floss two times per day, the most important time to brush is right before you go to bed each night.

2. Make sure you hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line.

3. Move the brush back and forth in short, gentle strokes, brushing both the front and back of your teeth and gums.

4. Use the tip of the brush to get behind your front teeth.

5. Keep your mouth fresh and healthy by giving your tongue a few gentle brush strokes, brushing from the back of your tongue forward. Do not scrub. This helps remove bacteria and freshens your breath.

6. After brushing your teeth for two to three minutes, rinse your mouth with water.

7. Regular oral care consultations with your dentist!

The best way to prevent dental issues is by reserving regular oral care visits at Omni Dental. We look forward to seeing you!