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Few things are more embarrassing than bad breath, also known as halitosis. It can make speaking to people and getting close to them near impossible. Luckily, there are some things that your family dentist will tell you that you can do so that you can gain your confidence back.

In addition to brushing twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, flossing every night and having your pearly whites cleaned twice a year at an affordable dental care firm, you may also want to consider using a tongue scraper.

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that although there is no strong scientific proof that this handy device is no better at combating halitosis than a daily oral care regime, it certainly may help.

The ADA recommends holding the tongue scraper, which is available in a variety of sizes and shapes, at the back of your tongue and moving the scraper forward. This helps get rid of any lingering or excess plaque and odor causing bacteria.

Although there are many causes for bad breath, the most common culprits are dry mouth, gum disease such as gingivitis, tobacco use or simply a bad oral care regime. It's important to note that a tongue scraper is no substitute for taking good care of your mouth.

If you're looking for advice on how to fight bad breath, don't wait. Schedule an appointment with the best dentist in Raleigh, Dr. Thomas Cooke. When you visit his office, his experienced and friendly staff will answer any questions that you have and make you feel comfortable. It doesn't matter how long it's been since you last visited an oral care professional, what matters is that you get the care you need now.

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