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Banish Bad Breath

October 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM

 

At our office, one of our most frequently asked questions is "Doc, I feel like I have bad breath. How do I get rid of it?"

 

Well, here are 9 tips, taken from WebMD, to help you avoid bad breath!

 

1. Brush and floss more frequently.

-Plaque is one of the prime causes of bad breath and the best way to get rid of it is by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. If this doesn't help, consider increasing your frequencies, but don't brush too aggressively!


2. Scrape your tongue.

-Gently scraping or brushing your tongue can help remove the coating that forms and causes foul-smelling bacteria. 


3. Avoid foods that sour your breath.

-The most common bad breath causing foods are onions and garlic.


4. Kick the habit.

-Yes, we are talking about tobacco of all kinds.


5. Rinse your mouth out.

-Using anti-bacterial mouthwashes can also add protection by reducing plaque-causing bacteria.


6. Skip after-dinner mints and chew gum instead.

-Sugary candies promote the growth of bacteria in your mouth. Opt for sugarless gum which stimulates saliva.


7. Keep your gums healthy.

-Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common cause of bad breath. Bacteria can accumulate in pockets at the base of your teeth.


8. Be alert to dry mouth.

-Lack of saliva promotes tooth decay which can cause bad breath. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and chew suglarless gum if necessary.


9. See your doctor.

-If you just can't get rid of your bad breath, come see us or your physician. It can be caused by a medical condition, such as diabetes, a sinus infection, or postnasal drip from allergies.


 

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