The Bad Breath Battle

By April 26, 2012Bad Breath

Halitosis. That is not the impression you want to leave with people. Halitosis – or bad breath – can ruin a great conversation if you’re sitting close or a romantic interlude at the precise moment you want to make your move.

So how do you battle and beat bad breath? Bad breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria growing in your mouth. When you don’t brush and floss regularly, those nasty bacteria can accumulate on the particles of food left in your mouth and between your teeth.

So, here are some fresh breath tips for your dentist in Mesa AZ. Mouthwash helps – but only temporarily. If you do use mouthwash, look for an antiseptic (kills germs that cause bad breath) and one that reduces plaque. It should have a seal on it from the American Dental Association. Always look for dental products that are accepted by the ADA.

Brushing regularly – that means at least twice a day – for a full two minutes. Most people brush for less than a minute. You really need to brush your teeth for two minutes and to brush your tongue, too! Bacteria love to hang out on your tongue. It’s equally important to floss because brushing alone won’t remove food bits and plaque stuck between your teeth and gums.

When you can’t brush and floss your teeth, have gum and mints on hand. They can temporarily mask odors, too.

If you brush and floss properly and visit your dentist regularly and your bad breath still persists, you may have a medical condition such as sinusitis or gum disease. Call your doctor or dentist for further help.

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