How can you project self-confidence when you are projecting chronic bad breath to those around you? Close interactions with friends, loved ones, and acquaintances can results in botched hugs and kisses, or being left out of conspiratorial conversations when you harbor halitosis. You may feel like you have tried everything to remedy this probably. You brush your teeth, go to the dentist, keep gum and mints on hand, but still, whenever you get close enough to someone who can smell your breath, you can tell by the look on their face that it’s still a problem. The Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group will make some suggestions on finding the most effective mouthwash for helping to fight bad breath.

Bad Breath Causes

Bacteria in your mouth are responsible for most cases of bad breath. These bacteria collect on your tongue, and produce a compound called hydrogen sulphide and other sulphur compounds which smell similar to rotten eggs. Brushing your tongue every day and using a tongue scraper can help lessen bad breath, but attacking bacteria that have populated the furthest back sections of the strongest muscle in your body can be difficult. For those with a sensitive gag reflex, targeting bacteria on the back of the tongue can be challenging, if not impossible.

Antibacterial Mouthwashes

Mouthwashes are classified in two categories:  bacteria killers and odor maskers. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) mouthwash is a great part of your regular oral hygiene plan, in conjunction with brushing and flossing. Not only can certain mouthwashes help keep your breath smelling fresh, but it can also help prevent gum disease. Mouthwashes infused with fluoride can also  prevent cavities. When in doubt, ask your dental team at Riverside Dental Group for suggestions as to which mouthwashes they feel will give you the best bang for your buck in the breath freshening department.

Visit your Riverside Dentists

If you struggle with halitosis (bad breath), visiting your dentist every six months will help you fight the annoying condition by keeping your mouth free of bacteria. We can also examine you for any underlying oral health issues that might be causing your chronic bad breath. Call our 92504 dentist office at (951) 689-5031 for all of your dental care needs.