Got Bad Breath?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012, 6:59 pm

Got bad breath? You’re not alone. About half of us suffer from bad breath making it a very common problem.Wilbanks Smile Center wants to help you avoid bad breath.

Some of these cases of bad breath are caused by poor oral hygiene or active gum disease. A lot of people who have healthy smiles and great oral health care still end up with stinky breath from time to time – let’s look at the usual suspects:

  • Foods – Onions and garlic are what we normally think of when avoiding food that can cause bad breath. Dairy products, coffee, spicy foods, and some sweets can also make your breath stinky. Rinse your mouth immediately after eating or chew some sugarless gum to remove food particles which stick between teeth and rot, causing stinky breath.
  • Dry mouth – When you become dehydrated your saliva flow is reduced so make sure you are drinking enough water. Some medications and medical conditions can also cause dry mouth. So does sleeping with your mouth open – morning breath sound familiar? There are over-the-counter saliva substitutes that can be used if you have chronic dry mouth.
  • Dieting – Most of us don’t think of losing weight causing bad breath. When your body breaks down fat certain chemicals are released that may make your breath unpleasant.

Help avoid bad breath by brushing and flossing every day. Don’t forget to clean your tongue – a lot of bacteria live on our tongues and cause bad breath. A simple tongue scraper or brushing with your toothbrush will help.

Chewing sugarless gum is great for reducing bad breath. Sugarless gum that contains xylitol is actually good for your teeth! The xylitol will help prevent bacterial growth in your mouth. Chewing gum helps remove food debris and stimulates saliva production.

If have chronic bad breath despite your efforts you may have an oral infection that has not been diagnosed. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit.


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