Fresh Breath for a Fresh New Season Dr. Peter Rumack, DDS on 06 Jul 2015
By Dr. Peter Rumack, the most trusted dentist in Queens NY.
Not sure if you have bad breath? Lick the back of your hand, wait ten seconds, then smell it. Here are just some of the reasons why one’s breath may not be as appealing as it should be:
- Odorous food. Foods such as garlic and onions contain certain sulfur compounds that linger in your mouth, get absorbed into your bloodstream and are expelled when you exhale.
- Dry mouth. This condition, also called xerostomia , can be a side effect of certain medications, salivary
gland problems or continuous breathing through the mouth. Saliva has been called nature’s mouthwash, as it helps to wash away food particles in the mouth and prevents an overgrowth of bacteria, which can produce unpleasant breath.
- Coffee and alcohol. These drinks can also dry up the saliva in the mouth. As mentioned above, saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids produced by plaque and wash away food particles and dead cells that can decompose and cause bad breath.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco. In addition to the lingering odor of the tobacco itself, tobacco is one of
the most significant risk factors in the development and progression ·of periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Gum disease, triggered by a buildup of plaque on the teeth, often results not only in a bad taste in the mouth and foul breath, but in the risk of losing teeth entirely.
- Poorly fitted or improperly cleaned dental appliances. Appliances that don’t fit snuggly and dentures that
are not cleaned properly can harbor food particles and bacteria, which lead to bad breath.
- Medical conditions. Bad breath can result from a number of different medical conditions including diabetes, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, liver or kidney problems, chronic acid reflux and respiratory tract infections.
- Poor dental habits. It’s important to follow some simple dental habits – daily brushing and flossing at the very least
Following these four simple steps can help control everyday bad breath:
1. Floss between your teeth daily, to remove any hidden ‘food particles.
2. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and brush your tongue too – up to 50 % of the bacteria in your mouth can be found hiding on the surface of your tongue.
3. Keep your mouth moist with frequent sips of water. Dehydration is another cause of bad breath!
4. Maintain regular dental checkups so that we can check for periodontal disease – a treatable cause of bad breath – during your routine gum exam.
Please call today for your fresh breath checkup!
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