Bad breath caused by tongue bacteria is one of the easiest types of foul breath to cure. Unlike foul breath induced by serious problems, bad breath due to tongue bacteria is very easy to diagnose and get rid of. To start with, all you need to do is look for the mirror and open your mouth. If you see a yellow or white film covering your tongue, then it most probably means you have a breath problem and your tongue is the cause of it. Of course, understanding what causes the yellow or white film is also key to solving this issue.

Most people don't realize that there is a connection between bad breath and tongue coatings. They assume that the tongue coating is harmless. Some don't even notice it's there. The tongue coating on your mouth is usually made up of anaerobic bacteria and various food particles that escape your daily brushing. It builds up layer upon layer of food particles, bacteria, dead epithelial cells, among others. When left on the tongue for a period of time, this can start putrefying and produce either a putrescent smell or the rotten egg smell that we all know and hate. Every time you open your mouth, foul breath caused by tongue coatings can overwhelm the person you are talking to.

So now that you know what is causing your nasty breath, the next step is to eradicate it so that it doesn't affect you anymore. One of the more common ways to get rid of bad breath caused by tongue coatings is to use a tongue scraper or tongue brush. Most drugstores carry these implements in an array of designs and shapes. Just choose one that is more convenient for you and include tongue scraping or brushing in your daily oral routine.

A warning to those who are first timers in the field of tongue scraping - bad breath caused by tongue coatings are usually thicker at the back of the tongue. Because of this, it is important to not only scrape the flat part that you see, but for you to also scrape the very back of the tongue, where most of the debris buildup is hiding. This way, you are guaranteed that you can remove the worst of it. Just scrape as lightly but as thoroughly as possible.

Bad breath due to tongue coatings are the easiest of all to cure. Just make sure to follow the instructions included in the tongue scraper and you should be well on your way to sweeter smelling breath.

Author's Bio: 

Gillian is a bad breath expert and co-creator of the bad breath info based web-site: http://bad-breath-begone.com . Get lots more info there on Bad Breath Tongue and also check out her Free 10-part Mini-eCourse, "Naturally Remove the Bad Breath Blues", it might be all you’ll ever need (and did I mention it was free!!)