1. What causes bad breath?
- Obviously what you eat has a lot to do with it. Everyone knows things like onions and garlic tend to linger in our breath. Then the foods are absorbed into the blood stream and expelled through the lungs.
- Dieters can have bad breath from infrequent eating.
- People with dry mouth, because there is not enough saliva to cleanse the food from the teeth and tissues.
- Improper or infrequent brushing and flossing will also lead to bad breath. Food particles collect on the teeth, gums and tongue and proceed to decompose. If you can take your fingernail and scrap a white film off your teeth, you are almost guaranteed to have some unpleasant breath.
- People who wear dentures or partials and do not clean them or take them out at night can also have very offensive breath.
- We have all talked to smokers that have bad breath.
- Medical conditions like sinus infections and other respiratory issues can contribute to bad breath.
2. What can you do prevent bad breath?
- Regular checkups with your dentists to prevent things like build up of tartar/calculus and gum disease.
- Good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing twice per day. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue.
- Remove dentures at night and clean them daily.
3. What do you do to treat bad breath?
- Watch what you eat. I know for me that onions and garlic stay with me for hours and hours so I avoid them when I can.
- If you have gum disease, see your hygienist or dentist regularly and practice proper home care.
- Mouth rinses can help. I often recommend Listerine Total care or Crest Pro health - anything that has antibacterial properties.
- Chewing sugarless gum is also a great way to help. It physically removes food and it also helps to stimulate saliva that helps to cleanse the teeth.
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1646 E. 6th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120