Bad breath & what you can do about it

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Bad breath & what you can do about it

Bad breath, causes and simple solutions you can try today to get rid of it

WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH?

At some point or other we all experience bad breath. For example, poor dental hygiene, food stuck between teeth for long periods of time, the type of food you had that day or it can be a more severe condition known as Halitosis.

Bad breath is annoying and can be quite embarrassing.

Halitosis is a constant bad smell in your mouth which can't be easily solved by brushing, flossing or using a mouthwash or a mint.

WHAT CAUSES HALITOSIS?

If bad breath persists, some of the following issues may be causing it, and you need to see a dentist for best advice.

DENTAL ISSUES:

Required dental work left untreated will allow bacteria room to grow and promote bad breath.

SMOKING:

You probably heard it countless times that you should quit smoking. Smoking leads to teeth staining, gum disease, loss of teeth and may lead to oral cancer.

DRY MOUTH:

Saliva is very important for your oral health because it helps to break down food as you eat and helps rinse and remove leftover food in your mouth. Also, saliva contains vital disease-fighting substances which help prevent cavities and infections. Taking prescription medication can also cause dry mouth.

MOUTH, NOSE OR THROAT INFECTIONS:

Sinus, mouth and throat infections can lead to postnasal drip and bad breath. The reason is that bacteria feed on mucus your body produces when it fights infections.

OTHER CONDITIONS:

Conditions such as diabetes, gastric reflux, kidney or liver disease may cause bad breath.

SOME TIPS FOR fresh BREATH

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1. Cleaning/scrubbing THE TONGUE

Why the tongue you might ask? Your tongue is the vital organ that is responsible for your digestive system and is a primary organ of taste in the gustatory system. The upper part of the tongue contains millions of taste buds and along with saliva helps with digesting food and cleaning your mouth. Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush is not enough to get rid of bad breath.

2. FLOSSING

Food stuck between the teeth can cause bad breath. Regular flossing will keep your teeth and gums healthy. You may experience some bleeding when you begin to floss regularly, especially during your first week. Try it on a daily basis; you will like how clean your mouth feels.

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Brushing and flossing

3. BRUSHING YOUR TEETH AND TONGUE

Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle and make sure you get both the exterior side and the interior side of your teeth as well as the top of your back teeth (molar teeth). Take at least two(2) minutes to brush your teeth and then move on to your tongue and give it a brush as well.

4. MOUTHWASH

Rinse your mouth with warm water and after, use mouthwash for at least 30 seconds.

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VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY

Dental visits are necessary to keep your breath fresh. Regular visits to a dentist will help maintain your overall oral health and prevent unnecessary dental pain in the future. With regular visits, our dentist can deal with smaller issues as they arise before small fillings can turn into more significant problems. Call our office to schedule your next dental visit at 905-635-1100.