Your Guide to Fresh Breath

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We have all been there, checking our breath before an important meeting, date, or meeting that friend you haven’t seen in a while.

Bad breath happens. Studies show that 50 percent of adults have bad breath or halitosis, at some point in their lives. In honor of National Fresh Breath Day (August 6), here is a guide to fresh breath.

What causes bad breath? Bacteria: There are various types of bacteria causing bad breath that are naturally in your mouth. When you eat, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leave smelly waste products behind.

Dry Mouth: Your mouth might not be making enough saliva, which is an important aspect of cleansing the mouth. Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications, salivary gland issues, or simply breathing through your mouth.

Food: Garlic, onions, and coffee, oh my!

Smoking & Tobacco: Smoking stains teeth, gives you bad breath, and puts you at risk for a host of health problems. Tobacco reduces your ability to taste foods and irritates gum tissues.

Medical Conditions: Mouth infections can cause bad breath; however, if your dentist has ruled out other causes and you brush and floss every day, your bad breath could be the result of another problem (such as sinus conditions, gastric reflux, diabetes, liver, or kidney disease). If that is the case, see your healthcare provider.

How to maintain fresh breath

Brush and Floss: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and clean between your teeth to get rid of all the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Clean your Tongue: If you stick out your tongue, you’ll see white or brown coating near the back. That is where most of the bad breath bacteria can be found. Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clear them out.

Mouthwash: Over-the-counter mouthwashes can help kill bacteria or neutralize and temporarily mask bad breath.

Clean your Dentures: If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night, and clean them thoroughly before using them again the next morning.

Visit your Dentist Regularly: If you’re concerned about bad breath, make an appointment to see your dentist. Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect gum disease and dry mouth at earlier stages.

Call us at 703-281-6201 and make your dental reservation today!