Bad Breath? Another Reason to Floss - Part 1

Friday, May 1, 2015
Do you floss your teeth at least once a day?  You should, and heres why:
Flossing daily helps remove the food particles and bacteria that contribute to bad breath.  That makes flossing one of the easiest ways to prevent and banish bad breath.
Bad breath or halitosis, is more common than most people realize. Bad breath is a important oral health issue, whether it’s your own or someone else’s it’s nothing to joke about.  Bad breath is more than an embarrassing social problem—it can be a sign of disease or illness.

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Your mouth is more susceptible to plaque buildup with less saliva.  This can create an unpleasant smell on your breath. 

If you deal with bad breath you can avoid the following circumstances that can reduce the saliva in your mouth and promote bad breath:

Alcohol - .Beverages containing alcohol may promote a dry mouth and cause bad breath. So before you hop into bed and forget after a night of drinking, make sure you floss no matter how tired you may seem to be.

Early morning - You may be prone to bad breath in the morning because saliva stops flowing when you sleep.  Mornings may be the best time for your daily dental flossing.

Being hungry or thirsty -  Since there is not much saliva in your mouth when your dehydrated, you’re prone to increased bacterial buildup and bad breath.  Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and are eating right. Chewing food increases the saliva in your mouth, so if you’re skipping meals or dieting, you may develop bad breath.  If you must restrict your food intake and eat infrequently, drink plenty of water to help maintain the level of saliva in your mouth to help prevent bad breath.

At Lechner Dental Group we recommend that you and your family have a regular oral hygiene regime in place.  Call our Delaware, OH office at 740-363-8240 or click here to request and appointment.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of of our blog on Bad Breath? Is It Something Serious?


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