Ask any six-year-old child what you should do if you have a problem with bad breath and they are going to tell you that you should brush your teeth. The fact of the matter is, they are not really far off from the truth in many cases. Even though we may be brushing our teeth regularly, that does not necessarily mean that we have good oral hygiene overall. Here are some things to make sure that you're paying attention to whenever you are taking care of your mouth, many of which might just get rid of your bad breath once and for all.
The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that you're paying attention to all of your teeth, not just the area which you tend to brush. Although it is a good idea for you to brush your teeth regularly, it is also a good idea if you hit the area in between your teeth as well. This is not easily done with a toothbrush so make sure that you are flossing your teeth on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times per day. Rotting food in between the teeth is often a source of halitosis and if the food is permitted to remain, it may cause tooth decay which is also a major culprit as far as halitosis is concerned.
Something else that you need to make sure you're doing is brushing your tongue. Once people discover the fact that the tongue is often the problem which is causing their halitosis, they will run out to the drug store and buy a tongue scraper. Although these things may work to a certain extent, the jury is really still out on whether they have long-lasting effects on our halitosis. As long as you are brushing your tongue regularly, you can often keep the bad breath away.
There are also small things that you can do with your daily oral hygiene that can make a difference. Gargling with salt water may help to flush away and reduce the amount of bacteria that is on the back of the tongue where the toothbrush cannot reach. You should also make sure that your switching your toothbrush on a regular basis and choose a soft bristled toothbrush as these are less hard to the enamel on your teeth. All of these little things really add up over time and can certainly help to get rid of your halitosis once and for all.