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Help! My breath stinks!!

Bad breath

Try to avoid consuming foods that contribute to mouth odor. When you eat food, it gets broken down in the mouth before being absorbed into the small intestine and then into your bloodstream. Some foods, such as onions or garlic, have strong odors. When you consume such foods and floss or brush your teeth, you only temporarily mask the smell and not permanently remove it.

Eating certain foods like pastrami, cheese, spices, soda or orange juice, or drinking alcohol, you are likely to suffer bad breath. The bad breath will cease when these foods are completely moved out of your body.

Scraping your tongue removes a coating that forms on top of your tongue that could be hosting odor-producing bacteria. Use a tongue scraper designed to apply uniform pressure on the surface of your tongue and clear up the coating that makes your mouth smell.

Chewing sugar free gum rather than indulging in after-dinner mints can be beneficial to preventing bad breath. Bacteria in your mouth love sugar and use it to make acid that wears down your teeth, causing bad breath. Therefore, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy to stimulate saliva production. Saliva washes away bacteria and food particles. Use mints and gum that contain xylitol.

While the above can help prevent bad breath, sometimes bad breath is caused by gum disease which is also known as periodontal disease. Persistent bad bread can be a result of inflamed gums. When tartar gets stuck under your gums, it causes inflammation of the gums which may result in infection of the bone that surrounds your teeth. It is important to see your dentist every six months for routine check ups and cleanings. Give us a call at 718-751-0101 or visit our website, to schedule your next dental appointment with Dr Shine.


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