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Jul
17

Chronic Bad Breath

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Chronic bad breath should not be ignored. Beyond missing out on a first kiss, and beyond it affecting your professional life, chronic bad breath can be a sign of a serious dental health problem. Mouthwashes, gum, and mints will only mask chronic bad breath; they do not address the cause of the problem. Working with your dentist can help you pinpoint causes to your bad breath and can help to improve your breath.

The most common causes of chronic bad breath are related to diet and hygiene practices. Most cases of chronic bad breath are caused by the presence of bacteria in the mouth. When bacteria remains in the mouth, it will build and decay and will cause very bad breath. Practicing good oral hygiene at home can help tremendously to improve the smell of bad breath. By flossing daily, thoroughly brushing the teeth, and by visiting the dentist regularly can help to get chronic bad breath under control. Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are also culprits to chronic bad breath. By cutting back on alcohol and by quitting smoking altogether, the enhancement in one’s breath can be astonishing.

Your dentist will work with you to determine the cause(s) of your bad breath. If there is a serious medical problem, your dentist can work with your regular physician to customize a treatment plan for you. If your chronic bad breath is causes by dry mouth, a moisturizing mouth spray may be prescribed to moisten the mouth and allow for the saliva to wash away the bacteria that causes bad breath.

You don’t have to live with the embarrassment of bad breath. Talk with your dentist for and evaluation and treatment options today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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May
6

Allergy Season: What It Means For Your Breath

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Springtime brings rain, beautiful new flowers, and wonderful weather to enjoy the weekend outdoors. But it also brings seasonal allergies. Nasal allergies and drainage in the back of the throat are one of the contributing factors of bad breath. Many people begin to find themselves experiencing a bad taste in their mouth, or their children having bad breath.

When we’re congested, we tend to breathe out of our mouths rather than breathe through our noses. Mouth breathing dries out the mouth and alters the oral flora, allowing it to also have more odors, especially when drainage is present. Treating the congestion (or preventing it) is essential. This pressure can also create the illusion of toothaches in the upper teeth, due to swelling of the sinuses, which push on the roots of the nearby teeth.

To improve bad breath related to allergies, always be sure to brush the tongue as well as the insides of the cheeks and lips. Adding a drop or two of essential oils can also freshen the breath for several hours. Try to avoid using over the counter mouthrinses that contain alcohol, as these will only dry the mouth out and compound the problem. Also avoid mints, which contain sugar and can multiply the levels of bacteria in the mouth.

Everyone’s allergies come in different severities. Some people find that taking an over the counter antihistamine works fine for them, while other people prefer to use local honey, or may even have to get regular allergy shots. Whatever method you use, if the allergies persist, be sure to see your doctor for an opinion.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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