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Do you deal with chronic bad breath? Does every solution you try never really seem to work? Or if it does, does it only work for a short time during the day?

If any of those questions described you, then you need to pay attention. Our team here at Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Diamond Bar, California, has a few tips to help you start the new year with the freshest breath possible.

Use a tongue scraper

One of the leading causes of bad breath is a collection of bacteria on your tongue that you either don’t effectively clean while brushing, or it gathers during the day while you eat a drink. For some people more bacteria accumulates on their tongue than others.

A tongue scraper, though, used after brushing all of your teeth and trying to brush your tongue, will rid it of the rest of the bacteria that your brush wasn’t able to remove. Plastic ones tend to be smaller and are better suited for those with smaller mouths or more sensitive gag reflexes.


Mouthwash is one of the most overlooked tools you can implement into your oral health routine. A lot of people think that just brushing and flossing is enough to keep your breath fresh all day long, but that’s just not true. Mouthwash acts as a final cleanser, killing whatever bacteria your brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping couldn’t. It also extends the period of time during which you’ll have minty-fresh breath.

If you’re worried about your bad breath and you’re ready to do something about it, try some of the suggestions listed above. If they don’t work, then your bad breath may be a sign of a more serious condition. If that’s the case, call us immediately at 909-860-0321 to schedule an appointment.