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Why and How You Should Clean Your Tongue

Posted in Bad Breath

Your tongue is a very important muscle. It helps you taste, speak, chew, and swallow. But it also hides bacteria! Just like your teeth, your tongue deserves a daily cleaning.

Why Clean Your Tongue?

You may have noticed that your tongue is covered in bumps called papillae. Papillae help you sense textures and contain taste buds. They also provide the perfect hideouts for biofilm and other types of bacterial growth.

These germs give off noxious compounds that cause bad breath. Additionally, no matter how well you brush and floss, if you don’t clean your tongue, all that bacteria will come right back on your teeth within minutes after brushing.

Rinsing is not enough to clean your tongue. Antibacterial mouthwash only kills a few germs on the surface. You have to physically remove the film and food debris from off your tongue to get it really clean.

How to Clean Your Tongue?

Brushing is one method. There’s no need to be rough –  just scrub enough to loosen debris. Using a tongue scraper is another good option. A scraper is a thin flexible metal or plastic band that you pull gently over the surface of your tongue from back to front. Rinse it off after each pass.

Brush or scrape your tongue twice a day if bad breath plagues you. Stay hydrated with lots of water since dry mouth promotes bacterial growth and halitosis. Chew on sugar-free gum to stimulate a cleansing and hydrating saliva flow and to keep breath fresh.

Despite having a clean tongue, halitosis (bad breath) could indicate there’s a more serious issue such as gum disease or tooth decay. Contact your dentist for more oral hygiene tips and a dental health checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336


5 Causes of Bad Breath in Kids

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Wondering why your child’s breath smells so bad? There are a few possible reasons to consider.

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene

If your child has a lot of plaque bacteria and food debris in his or her mouth, this is most likely the cause of the stench. Tooth brushing and flossing are critical to removing plaque buildup and keeping breath fresh. Your child may need more help with maintaining a good routine of oral hygiene.

  1. Digestive Trouble

Bad breath could have its roots in a more serious issue. Digestive problems, for example, may be to blame. Indigestion and lactose intolerance are a couple possibilities.

  1. Cavities

A cavity is an actively rotting tooth. Your child’s foul breath could be an indication that they have a few spots of active decay in need of treatment.

  1. Infection and Allergies

An infection in the mouth or sinus drainage may give off a strong odor. Sinus infection can also lead to dry mouth and an increase in bacteria, both of which make breath stink.

  1. Dry Mouth

Have you noticed that your child’s mouth looks a little dry? Dehydration, certain medications, allergies, or just a habit of mouth-breathing can dry out oral tissues. Without sufficient saliva, you child’s oral environment will host more smelly germs.

What to Do About Bad Breath in Kids

Help your kids stay hydrated with plenty of water to avoid dry mouth. Sweet drinks will only promote the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Teach your children about the importance of good oral hygiene and help them brush and floss daily.

Lastly, schedule a visit to the dental office to find out what specifically could be causing your child’s bad breath.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585


Have Dentures? Here’s How to Keep Your Breath Fresh

Posted in Dentures

Just because you don’t have many (or any) natural teeth left doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a smile you can be proud of. Anyone can have sweet breath if they put forth the effort. Here’s what you need to do to keep your denture smelling pleasant.

Clean Your Denture

The most obvious method is to simply remove debris from your denture on a regular basis. This often involves removing them daily to soak per your dentist’s directions. Leaving your dentures in your mouth for long periods of time lets them accumulate stinky bacteria and food debris.

Brush Your Tongue

Your tongue and cheeks tend to harbor more of the smelly germs than other surfaces. Even a clean denture can’t make up for the odor given off by bacteria camped out on soft tissues in your mouth. Keep a toothbrush or tongue scraper handy. Use a bacteria-controlling mouthrinse, if your dentist recommends it.

What NOT To Do

Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking a minty piece of gum or candy is the solution! These will only temporarily mask odor and even encourage more bad breath if they contain sugar.

Soaking your denture in powerful household cleaning chemicals might sound like the end-all solution, but that can be harmful to both you and your denture.

Visit Your Dentist

Only your personal dentist can give you the best advice for keeping your prosthetic teeth fresh and clean. Regular visits are important even if you have no teeth left. A dental expert will ensure that your denture is healthy and fitting well and that your breath stays pleasant.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Smiles
175 White St NW, #300
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-6521


5 Tips to Freshen Your Breath Naturally

Posted in Bad Breath

You might be surprised to learn that freshening your breath doesn’t always mean adding something to your mouth. A lot “breath fresheners” include ingredients that can make your breath even worse.

The following five tips should give you a good handle on good breath:

  1. Keep Your Mouth Clean

Bad breath is most frequently linked to plaque bacterial buildup. Lots of brushing will keep the action of stinky germs to a minimum! Make sure to floss daily to get those bits brushing misses.

  1. Drink Lots of Water

A dry mouth tends to hold onto the smells of everything you eat…as well as all those smelly bacteria. Staying hydrated helps your mouth stay clean and fresh. Choose water over drinks high in caffeine, acid, and sugar. These things are what encourage bad breath.

  1. Go Green (Herbs, That Is)

Chewing on some fresh herbs is a pleasant way to freshen your breath minus the sugar that comes in a lot of gum and lozenges. Instead of a minty sweet, try chewing on a sprig of mint, itself. Parsley is also a nice option.

  1. Spice is Nice

If you want something potent to mask all that garlic you just ate, try crunching on a dried spice such as:

  • Clove
  • Cardamom
  • Fennel

These spices are sugar-free, natural, and strong – perfect for bad breath.

  1. Check Your Gut Reaction

Your mouth tends to reflect whatever you put in it. The foods you eat could be adversely affecting your digestion. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of gastrointestinal issues. Ask your doctor about any possible underlying causes for foul breath.

Visit your dentist for a full dental check-up and learn more about how to keep your breath kissably fresh.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358


5 Causes of Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

We all have those bad days where we need a mint or piece of gum to cover up dragon breath!

But the best way to treat halitosis (bad breath) is to attack the source. Investigating these possibilities could help you make your breath a whole lot sweeter!

Stomach Problems

Gastric issues such as acid reflux can create an acidic and smelly environment in the mouth. You might be aware that your bouts of bad breath may simply be the side effect of a condition you are dealing with. Conversely, your bad breath could be an indication that you should see your doctor for a checkup.

Congestion and Sinus Issues

Even a common cold can give you bad breath. When your nose is blocked up, you tend to breathe through your mouth more. Mouth breathing dries out your mouth and encourages bad breath. A nasty upper respiratory infection in itself can also affect the quality of the air you breathe out.

Smelly Foods

Foods like onions, garlic, coffee, and tuna have a serious reputation for lingering on the breath! These potent foods stay in your system for quite some time after you’ve eaten.

Poor Oral Hygiene

If you don’t brush and floss as recommended, the buildup of plaque bacteria will start to stink! Oral diseases like gum disease and tooth decay also have unique and pungent odors. Ask your dental hygienist or dentist for suggestions on improving your oral hygiene routine.

Dry Mouth

Some health conditions, cancer treatments, and medications are known to cause dry mouth. A dry environment is ideal for hosting all sorts of smelly germs. Talk with your dentist about saliva substitutes to keep your mouth fresh and comfortable.

Talking about bad breath doesn’t have to be embarrassing. Ask your dentist for help!

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325


What To Do About Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Your breath is a very personal matter. So personal in fact, that unless a trusted friend or your spouse let’s you in on it, you may be unaware of how bad your breath actually smells.

Bad breath (or Halitosis) can be embarrassing to live with. Not only can it cause awkward moments on a date or at a business introduction, but it can also indicate something else that is going on internally. 80% of reported bad breath is caused by oral factors. Bad oral hygiene, food particles lingering on tonsils, cracked fillings, gum disease, and less than clean dentures can all lead to very bad breath. With oral causes of bad breath, there are easy fixes to improve your halitosis in a relatively quick manner. Regular brushing and flossing, keeping regular dental appointments, and replacing cracked fillings and/or dentures can go a long way in improving bad breath.

There are other health conditions, however, that can also lead to bad breath. Diabetes, acid reflux, postnasal drip, and chronic bronchitis are all health related issues that affect the way a person’s breath can smell. Even people with the most rigid oral hygiene routine and immaculate teeth can have bad breath. Internal health issues can cause bacteria to grow in the mouth; when these bacterium are not taken care of with antibiotics or other medications, the bacteria takes on a life of it’s own – and it can be a very smell one.

Many dentists recommend that people with severe halitosis use an electric toothbrush. These electric toothbrushes typically come with a built in timer that encourage people to brush the length of time that it takes to thoroughly clean the mouth and brush away odor causing bacteria. Good oral hygiene is the best cure for non-medically associated bad breath. If you are worried that there may be further causes for your embarrassing breath, talk to your dentist or you doctor about other potential causes.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted in Bad Breath

Many people like to use home therapies or remedies for common oral ailments or simply to improve their oral health. A commonly used rinse by some dental patients includes rinsing the mouth with hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide is used in many types of products, including those designed for whitening, as peroxide is a natural whitener and helps lift stain. Other than accidentally swallowing the peroxide, there are other reasons why rinsing with peroxide on a regular basis are not a very good idea.

Daily rinsing with hydrogen peroxide can actually alter the healthy bacteria in your mouth, so that they don’t function just like they ought to. We need a level of certain flora to help our digestion function properly. Completely eliminating key flora by rinsing with peroxide every single day can throw off this balance, and create annoying side effects that impact the appearance of your smile.

One of these side effects is something called “black hairy tongue.” It sounds really unappealing doesn’t it? Well, it looks just like it’s described. Peroxide induced black hairy tongue is actually an overgrowth of the small papilla on the surface of your tongue, making them appear as many small or long hairs over the surface. These enlarged papilla also pick up stain from the food or drinks you consume, and become discolored as they pick up a dark brown or black shade. The result? A tongue that looks hairy and black. The condition isn’t harmful, but it doesn’t look good and may make you have bad breath.

Always ask your dentist about how often to use home remedies or products for your teeth. Most are helpful if used in moderation, but it never hurts to ask!

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


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