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Bad breath is more than just embarrassing; it can also be a sign of an oral condition. If you notice your breath is less than fresh, our Powell Boulevard Dental team recommends trying these four steps to improve your breath and overall health:

1. Drink more water. Your mouth needs moisture to stay clean and fresh, which is one of the reasons why drinking water is so important. You can also increase saliva production by chewing sugarless gum or sucking on a piece of candy (be sure to brush your teeth after).

2. Clean your mouth thoroughly. If your breath seems stale after you brush and floss your teeth, you may need to evaluate the thoroughness of your routine. It’s not enough to brush your teeth; you need to clean your tongue and every surface in your mouth, too.

3. Invest in a tongue scraper. Bacteria can become embedded in the grooves of your tongue, and your toothbrush may not be able to reach it all. A tongue scraper is designed to access the grooves between your taste buds—just gently pull the scraper from the back of your tongue to the tip.

4. Consult your dentist. As previously mentioned, halitosis is a side-effect of certain medical conditions, such as dry mouth, dry socket, and gum disease. When dental cleaning isn’t enough to improve your breath, Dr. Denise M. Walthour should examine your mouth for signs of a bigger problem.

We don’t want you to feel afraid to open your mouth, which is why we invite you into our office for a dental checkup. Dr. Denise M. Walthour and our friendly dental team will gladly help you discover the cause of your bad breath, as well as provide you with information on how to treat it. You can contact us at 503-235-7181 to schedule an appointment.