Sunday, November 6, 2011

Halitosis-Bad Breath?

Brush & floss 3x/day!
  • Over 80 million people worldwide suffer from halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath.

  • Products such as mouthwash do not cure bad breath. Many contain alcohol,which dries the mouth & restricts the flow of oxygen,actually causing bad breath.

  • Bad breath is caused by food particles that get stuck in hard to reach areas of the mouth.

  • If you  have bad breath cut back on smoking or coffee consumption .Drinking water can also help freshen breath by alleviating dry mouth,which can allow odors to linger.
Decrease coffee consumption
Drink water to alleviate dry mouth
Cut back or consider quitting!

  • A number of new products are now available to help neutralize the sulfur compounds that cause of bad breath. ( -ie- BreathRx, Smartmouth products).  

  • If you suffer from bad breath,try scheduling recare appointments  more often  with your dental hygienist. A trained hygienist is able to clean inside areas of the mouth that can be difficult to reach yourself.      
Consider dental hygiene visits every 3mos-4mos
  • If you halitosis does not improve, your dentist may refer you to an otolaryngologist- an ear,nose & throat (ENT)  specialist-who can help identify the problem.

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