Posted on 5/15/2019 by Henry Cuttler DDS
|If you suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath, you may spend extra time brushing your teeth to try and alleviate the odor. Unfortunately, if you are neglecting your tongue, you won't make much of a difference. For the most part, halitosis is caused by sulfur-producing bacteria that typically live in the throat or on the surface of the tongue.
There are several symptoms that can indicate that you are dealing with halitosis, some of which can be noticed on the tongue. Some of the most common include a white coating of film on the tongue, specifically toward the back, as well as excess saliva and constant clearing of the throat. You might also experience a metallic taste in the mouth or dry mouth.
If you have halitosis, you may avoid social situations in order to prevent people from noticing your bad breath. Your confidence and self-esteem could ultimately suffer.
Combat Halitosis with a Tongue Scraper
A tongue scraper can help to manage your halitosis. Regular tongue scrapings can remove the film that accumulates on the tongue and leads to embarrassing bad breath. It removes bacteria and toxins from the tongue, working to eliminate undigested food particles and other debris. Tongue scraping can also clean the taste buds, which will enhance the flavor of your favorite foods.
Other Dental Treatment Options
There isn't any one set treatment option for halitosis, as the treatment will depend on what is causing the issue. Improved oral hygiene and staying hydrated is enough to help many people. For those with chronic sinusitis or allergies, a saline nasal spray could assist in reducing the post-nasal drip that causes halitosis.
If you are living with halitosis, it is important that you visit us to get the help that you need. You don't have to be continually embarrassed by your bad breath. Call us today to set up your appointment.