Tongue Scrapers for Halitosis

Grand Rapids Dentist

Are you someone who struggles with bad breath? Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath is a common problem. Our dentists at River Valley Dental have grouped together information regarding the oral problem and some dental health tips on how to eliminate bad breath.

What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is just a fancy way to say bad breath. Bad breath occurs when there is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. The majority of people suffer from halitosis at some point in their lives, which can leave them feeling insecure. Having bad breath throughout the day can cause you to withdraw from social interaction for fear of embarrassment, so it’s important to get to the root of the problem.

What Causes Halitosis?

There are many causes of halitosis, but poor dental hygiene is by far the biggest culprit. In fact, 90% of halitosis cases are caused by poor oral hygiene. When you eat, bacteria in your mouth break down your food. But sometimes that food gets trapped in your teeth and rots, causing bad breath. Another common cause of halitosis is dry mouth. When there’s not enough saliva coating the inside of your mouth, your mouth can dry out and give off a bad odor.

Certain foods and drinks like garlic and coffee are also known to cause bad breath. Smoking is also another big reason some people have bad breath. Because smokers are more susceptible to gum disease, they tend to have bad breath more than non-smokers. If none of these triggers seem to be the cause of your halitosis, an underlying illness or use of medication could be the reason for your bad breath.

Reducing Halitosis With Tongue Scrapers

Many people have found success with reducing their bad breath by using tongue scrapers. By putting the scraper at the back of your tongue and pulling it forward, you can eliminate a lot of the odor-causing bacteria from your tongue. Tongue scrapers are especially helpful for those with a coated tongue from an overgrowth of bacteria. As helpful as they may be, tongue scrapers usually only provide a temporary fix. They may help your bad breath by removing bacteria, but there is an underlying reason that the bacteria is there in the first place.

Preventing and Getting Rid of Bad Breath

While tongue scrapers can be effective in reducing your bad breath, they don’t always cure and prevent it. The best way to prevent halitosis is to practice good dental habits. Brushing and flossing regularly will ward off unwanted bacteria in your mouth, keeping your breath nice and fresh. Staying hydrated is also very important for getting rid of bad breath and preventing your mouth from getting dry. It’s also crucial for you to visit the dentist regularly to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.

If you have any further questions about bad breath or are interested in any other of our dental services, contact our Grand Rapids dentist at (616) 363-5677 today.