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  • Your Dental Breath

    Posted November 23, 2021.

    Lots of patients share a concern about bad breath. We've all found ourselves chatting with someone whose breath could knock us over. However there are simple tips to fix this problem.

    Bad breath strikes when people aren't properly taking care of their oral health. The odor is usually caused by food particles and bacteria in your mouth. That's why brushing and flossing your teeth is so important,but don't forget to brush your tongue to get rid of even more bacteria.

    Gum disease is the first dental problem we suspect when it comes to halitosis. A periodontal check up during your regular dental visit gives us a chance to control gum problems as a source of bad breath.

    A clean tongue goes a long way to warding off bad breath. The tongue is like a "shaggy carpet". There are millions of filaments on your tongue that trap particles and bacteria. Regularly cleaning your tongue using a toothbrush and/or tongue scraper will help remove the bacteria. If you have any mouth guards or oral appliances, make sure to clean them thoroughly before putting them in your mouth.

    Mouthwash is only a temporary fix. It masks the odor instead of correcting the source of the problem.

    Believe it or not saliva is your best weapon against bad breath. That's why dry mouth, often caused by certain medical conditions, leads to odor problems. Saliva helps wash away food particles and bacteria. The term "morning breath" is because saliva production slows while you sleep allowing particles and odor to linger longer.

    Sugarless chewing gum is a natural odor fighter!! Chewing gum stimulates saliva production. Mints, do not stimulate saliva, but temporarily mask bad odors. .Gum makes you salivate and the more saliva in your mouth the fewer bacteria you have. Saliva contains enzymes and natural antiseptics that kill bacteria. While anything that makes you salivate will improve your breath, a gum that is sweetened with xylitol is your best defense. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that not only increases salivation, but also works to prevent bacteria from developing in your mouth. Make sure Xylitol is the first ingredient to be most effective. But most important is having regular cleanings every 3-6 months, and dental examinations to catch and prevent halitosis.

    Your Gentle Dentists - Dr. Simmons

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