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BREATH HELPFUL HINTS
Bad breath is like any other body odor,
it is not a health problem ...
it is more of a social problem that can greatly
affect all relationships whether intimate or business.
Since bacteria is the main cause
of bad breath you need to use methods to reduce their numbers.
|Visit your dentist to make sure that tooth decay or
periodontal disease are not present. These conditions will increase
the bacteria count in your mouth thus increasing your risk towards bad
|Keep your mouth as clean as possible to remove the
offensive order created by the bacteria
|Consider the cleaning process as a "full-mouth disinfections"
by focusing on all areas where bacteria may reside. This disinfections
Brushing-twice a day or more
for at least two minutes
Flossing-once a day
Mouth rinse- alcohol free
Using a special tongue scraper, that we provide to all our
patients as part of their hygiene appointment, scrape your tongue with the
scraper. You can do this by making sure you reach the back part of your
tongue, as far back as you can reach, and than with a light pressing action pull
the scraper forward over your tongue. Repeat this procedure until you have
scraped the full surface of your tongue until all debris is removed. Do
this twice a day and follow it with a mouthwash,
rinse or gel. For more information on the purpose of tongue
cleaning click on the picture of the tongue scraper.
|Rinse vigorously during the day with an ALCOHOL-FREE
mouth rinse like BreathRX.
Avoid rinses/mouthwashes that have alcohol and lauryl sulfate ; these can dehydrate your mouth,
damage gum tissue and encourage the development of bad breath.
|Chewing sugar free gum for no longer than five minutes
(to reduce your risk of developing TMD) to
decrease dry mouth by stimulating saliva production
|Avoid coffee, which is a heavy mouth-dryer
|Drink lots of water through out the day to increase
saliva flow which help to dissolve sulfur compounds. This is
especially important while exercising heavily, pregnancy, or during
|If you have dry nasal passages or a dry throat try using
a saline nasal spray
|Breath spray/drops that are sugar free can be used
throughout the day
|Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
|Crown and bridge dental
restorations provide more areas for bacteria to reside, so they require through
cleaning with interproximal brushes, floss holder and
|Keep your partial or full denture clean with regular
cleaning after meals and before bedtime. At night, soak them in
solution made to clean them. Than brush away remaining stubborn
bacteria from the dentures . Remember to brush your gum tissue to keep
|Avoid eating onions or garlic, whose odors can remain in
the bloodstream and are only a temporary problem, and not the cause of bad breath
|Us a humidifier during dry weather to prevent drying out
the mouth and nasal passages
|We recommend BreathRx because it contains Zytex ™ which
reduces volatile sulfur compounds and kills the gram negative organisms
responsible for their formation. It is one of the few mouthwashes that
is alcohol free.
Bad breath can be a warning
of gum disease, dry mouth and unhealthy
medical conditions. Cavities and tongues
with deep grooves serve as prime reservoirs
for bacterial plaque. The bacteria produces
volatile sulphur compounds that cause
halitosis, a symptom of gum disease that
scientists have directly correlated with
heart disease. Dentists and periodontists
can discover underlying health conditions
related to halitosis.
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