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Three Ways to Freshen Your Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Bad breath can make a bad impression, ruin a date or just make you have a bad taste in your mouth. Managing the bacteria that cause bad breath is important. Here are a few important steps to keep in mind for fresher breath and a cleaner mouth:

Clean Your Tongue

90% of the bacteria that cause bad breath reside on your tongue. Brushing your tongue isn’t enough. Instead, use a soft tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the tongue’s surface. You will be amazed as what you see! 

Keep Allergies and Sinus Congestion in Check

Sinus drainage in the back of the throat is a huge contributing factor to bad breath. This is easily seen in children who are mouth breathers due to allergies. Taking an over the counter medication to improve airflow through your nose will help significantly. 

Have your Teeth Cleaned Regularly

Unmanaged gum disease typically results in a foul odor or taste in the mouth. Brushing and flossing simply aren’t enough to reverse this condition. A professional cleaning will remove calcified bacteria under the gumlines to improve healing and reverse the cause of the odor. 

Use Essential Oils

Over the counter mouthrinses may contain alcohol, drying your mouth out and making it harder to fight bad breath. Using pure essential oil blends that contain peppermint or spearmint can freshen your breath for hours. Simply place one or two drops on your toothbrush or in a small cup of water to use as a mouth rinse.

Remember that severe halitosis could be an indication of a serious health or dental problem. Seeing your dentist regularly can help you keep this in check and give you a reason to smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123


Allergy Season: What It Means For Your Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

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



The Ugly Truths Behind Bad Breath

Whether you are out on a date or snuggling in bed with your spouse, bad breath can be a surefire turn off. Bad breath, medically referred to as halitosis, can be a sign of poor oral hygiene and other health problems. Foods that you eat as well as unhealthy lifestyle habits can also contribute to bad breath.

Poor hygiene habits are a leading cause of bad breath. Without consistent brushing and flossing, food particles remain in your mouth that promote bacterial growth between your teeth, around your gums, and around your tongue. When this bacteria spreads, it begins to decay in your mouth which causes bad breath. Most Duluth dentists will tell you that while brushing your teeth is important, it’s flossing that is essential to a healthy mouth. Flossing is the only way to remove bacteria-loving food particles from between your teeth.

Smoking and chewing tobacco-based products also cause bad breath. Nicotine builds up along your gum line causing stains and making it difficult to remove plaque buildup. Without the removal of plaque, bacteria continue to grow and spread all over your mouth, resulting in bad breath.

Foods you eat also affect your breath. Garlic and onions are two of the most common culprits, but other foods with a strong odor also affect your breath. Strong odors from foods will remain in your mouth until they have been fully digested and have passed through your body. While brushing and flossing may help reduce the smell, they are only masking the odor.

The gum disease, gingivitis, is commonly a result of persistent bad breath. Ongoing halitosis may be a warning sign of plaque buildup within your mouth. When untreated, the bacteria mentioned above thrive and decays. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth that can result in gum disease.

Taking proper care of your teeth and gums may not guarantee your success in the romance department, but it’s one step in the right direction. And it’s a step that you can make today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care



Mouth Odor Most Foul

If you have bad breath, you probably know it by now. Your significant other might have turned her head as you moved in for a smooch – a clear sign. Or, maybe your young child blurted it out in the midst of a crowded supermarket, embarrassing the heck out of you in the process.

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is indeed embarrassing. Sometimes, the odor is temporary and sometimes more persistent. It is the latter situation that will draw the attention and concern of your dentist.

Bad breath is typically caused by eating strong-smelling foods like onion or garlic.  It can also be caused by bacteria in the mouth or periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. And in extreme cases, it can be caused by some sort of illness in the digestive tract such as acid reflux disease.

What do you do if you have halitosis? You can try one of these solutions:

  • Return to a healthy oral hygiene routine, including brushing at least twice a day or preferably after each meal, flossing every day and seeing a dentist for a regular check-up and cleaning twice a year.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacterial build-up, either with a special tongue brush or the back of your toothbrush.
  • Don’t let your mouth get too dry, which can cause bacteria growth and foul odors. Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva, or drink water or other liquids to prevent dry mouth.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash a couple times a day.
  • Try to at least rinse your mouth with water each time you eat to prevent bacteria growth.

If none of the above at home remedies puts an end to your bad breath, you should visit your physician to see if there is an underlying health issue that is affecting the way your breath smells. Remember, if you do have a foul odor, it indicates there must be something out of balance.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath is a sensitive subject, but one that many dental patients are concerned with. This is understandable, as it can affect your friendships and professional commitments. 90% of bad breath odor originates on the tongue. Gently brushing the tongue or using a tongue scraper can remove some of these bacteria. Avoid alcohol or peroxide based mouth-rinses that may dry out the mouth or alter the natural flora. Also refrain from the use of mints or sugar containing gums that can contribute to decay.

While there is not one specific answer to address this concern, there are several common causes:

  • Sinus infections
  • Nasal allergies or drainage
  • Gum disease
  • Dental abscesses
  • Underlying health conditions (i.e. esophageal reflux) or medications
  • Aromatic foods

Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist or hygienist about your breath concerns. They will help run through different scenarios to determine what factors may be contributing to the condition, as well as perform a visual inspection for possible causes. If dental disease conditions exist such as decay, periodontal disease or dental abscesses, these will need to be addressed. Sometimes taking a simple over the counter allergy medication can prevent nasal drainage that often causes malodor. Systemic health conditions like diabetes or GERD need to be properly managed with the care of your primary care physician, as underlying factors can affect the health and future of your teeth and gums, regardless of whether or not they contribute to your bad breath. In some cases even prescription drugs can cause malodor.

In many cases, re-vamped oral hygiene is the best answer. Natural remedies such as the use of probiotics, zinc, Xylitol and chlorine dioxide supplements can also help.

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