A bad taste in the mouth could be due to a need to improve home care dental techniques or the frequency of brushing and flossing. Sometimes it is caused by periodontal disease where bacterial deposits are building up under the gums. There could be a dead tooth that is infected, so all cases of a bad taste in the mouth need to be investigated further.If you suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath, you’re probably looking for ways to help manage the problem. If so, you can consider a tongue scraper
Although tongue scrapers are harmless, you can probably prevent halitosis by following a consistent oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing,
- Keep your toothbrush fresh. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every 2 months, even if you don’t have bad breath, but especially if you do. Make sure it looks practically new, and is kept upright in a glass and not touching any surface in the bathroom. Keep the toothbrush at least 6m away from the toilet, due to researched issues with aerosols. If you have children in the same house, make sure they are not inadvertently using your tooth brush
- Brush twice a day, morning and night, for 2 minutes each time, preferably with an electric toothbrush with a timer. Always brush and then floss last thing before bed with no snacking at all, except for water
- Keep an extra brush at work. Keep a spare toothbrush and toothpaste at work so you can brush your teeth after lunch, and snacks
- Drink plenty of water. Keeping your mouth moist helps minimise the amount of bacteria in your mouth that can cause bad breath.
- It tends to be more common in smokers, so try cutting down or think about quitting.
- Reduce alcohol intake to less than 2 drinks per day
- Visit your doctor annually for a medical check to ensure that there are no gut problems that could be causing the issue
- Eat a healthy diet, and keep an eye on sugary snacks and drinks. Make sure you eat a few pieces of fruit per day and 5 serves of vegetables
- Cut down on processed foods and try to eat whole foods, fruit and vegetables
- See your dentist regularly. Twice yearly preventive care and maintenance helps to ensure that the bacteria that have mineralised around the roots of the teeth are removed. They are a bit like barnacles on the bottom of a boat, and it is important to disturb these bacterial colonies in the mouth with professional scaling and cleaning. In some people, the bacteria travel all the way down the roots of the teeth, and it isn't until the bacteria get deep into the bone and eat it away, that they cause the teeth to become loose and painful. Remember that the bone around the roots of the teeth does not grow back once it is lost, and your dental hygienist and dentists are trained to closely monitor the bone support around the roots of your teeth