It is important to conduct thorough oral hygiene at home twice a day. This should involve brushing teeth with a fluoride antibacterial toothpaste, brushing the tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria, and flossing to remove food debris and plaque on teeth, bridgework and implants. A published study reported that tongue and tooth brushing, in combination with dental flossing, significantly decreased bleeding of the gum tissue over a two week period of time as well as reduced bad breath (1). Another clinical study conducted by the University of Buffalo dental researchers confirmed that brushing twice a day with an antibacterial toothpaste and using a tooth brush with a tongue cleaner can eliminate bad breath(2).
Tongue Cleaning is the Key to Fresher, Cleaner Breath
Cleaning your tongue is very important. You can purchase a Colgate 360 toothbrush with the tongue cleaner on the back of the toothbrush for cleaning both your teeth and tongue. After brushing your upper and lower teeth with an antibacterial toothpaste, flip the toothbrush over to the tongue cleaner. Place the tongue cleaner in the posterior region of the tongue and move it forward to the anterior section. After you have scraped that portion, rinse the tongue brush off with warm water to remove any odor-causing bacteria. Then replace the tongue brush in the next posterior section again and repeat as described above.
Consult your dentist or dental hygienist when choosing oral hygiene aids to help you eliminate plaque and odor-causing bacteria, and review the techniques that should be utilized at home. Also, ask your dental professional what oral hygiene care products they would recommend to help eliminate bad breath. Some of these options include antibacterial toothpaste, antiseptic mouth rinse, tongue brushes or scrapers, and interproximal cleaning devices are some of the options.
The key to a clean, fresh mouth is optimal oral hygiene conducted at home on a regular basis, as well as professional recommendations discussed with you by your dental professional.
1. Biesbrock, A, et al. Assessment of Treatment Responses to Dental Flossing in Twins., J Perio 77(8):1386-1391, 2006.
2. University of Buffalo (Peter Moses, Betsey Clark, Violet Maraszthy, Joseph Zambon, (University of Buffalo), P.K. Sreenivasan (Colgate), Abstract presented at 2008 AADR Meeting. Source: Colgate.com