Do people cringe when you speak to them? Do they offer you a mint or stick of gum on a regular basis? Hate to break it to you, but you may have bad breath. Most people see bad breath as a consequence of diet and not brushing their teeth, but bad breath can be an indicator of potentially serious dental problems. While some foods – such as garlic, onion, and alcohol – can cause bad breath that isn’t related to dental problems, for most patients, bad breath is due to plaque, food debris, and periodontal disease.
While regular brushing is important to tooth health, flossing is critical to long term dental health and avoiding bad breath. Flossing removes plaque and food particles between teeth and along the gum line, which helps prevent bad breath before it starts – the flossing removes the food that the bacteria needs, which helps remove the source of the odor. Here are some other tips to prevent bad breath:
Clean your tongue – the surface of your tongue can hold food particles and plaque.
Avoid coffee, alcohol, and sugary drinks – they all dehydrate your mouth, making it difficult to produce saliva.
Avoid strong smelling foods like garlic, onion, and bleu cheese.
Foods like mint and celery not only help remove foul smells from food, they encourage the production of saliva to help wash food particles out of the crevices of your mouth.
Bad breath is both unfortunate in social settings and in terms of oral health. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings will keep food particles and bacterial colonies at bay, keeping your breath fresh, and your teeth and gums healthy.
To learn more about bad breath, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.