This may seem like an odd topic for the first blog about homecare, but it relates to a question we hear everyday. “How do I get rid of my bad breath?” Many people struggle with controlling bad breath, or halitosis. Most people brush their tongue as part of their normal routine, but there are some people who require a little more help to remove the coating from their tongue. This coating is a combination of accumulated debris, bacteria, and dead skin cells. It can be increased by smoking, dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, or yeast infections. Removing this on a daily basis helps with controlling halitosis. Tongue scrapers are an inexpensive implement that can be highly effective in removing this build up. When you add this to your daily routine of brushing, flossing, and using a mouth rinse you have done everything possible to eliminate the oral sources of halitosis. If you continue to experience halitosis after employing these techniques it is time to consult your doctor to determine if there is a medical source for your mouth odor.