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Got Halitosis?



Is your breath feeling fresh or do you have halitosis problems?

Did you know that over 80 million people suffer from halitosis?


Halitosis, often referred to as bad breath, is a very common condition. But, there are ways that you can fight it. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can fight halitosis to keep your breath fresh.


Brush Your Teeth Daily


In most cases, halitosis originates from your gums or your tongue. Food plaque can often get trapped in these spots, which is what will lead to bad breath. By brushing your teeth twice a day, for three minutes each time, you will remove food debris and plaque. It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day, but it’s especially important to brush your teeth at night. All of those food particles and debris your mouth accumulates throughout the day will just sit in your mouth all night if you don’t brush your teeth before you go to bed. Talk with you dentist first, but you may want to consider brushing with baking soda to help reduce the acidity in your mouth. This will make it much more difficult for bacteria to grow, which will help eliminate issues with halitosis.


Clean Your Tongue


Most people are confused as to why they may have halitosis even if they brush their teeth. Well, remember how we said most bad breath originates from your tongue? Residue can build up between the folds of your tongue and taste buds, and this residue is what will cause your bad breath even if you do brush your teeth on a regular basis. To help reduce your bad breath, purchase an inexpensive tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers are normally available in most drugstores, but you can use your toothbrush to scrub your tongue until you are able to purchase a tongue scraper.


Quit Smoking


As you probably already know, smoking will contribute to halitosis. Tobacco will dry out your mouth and leave unpleasant smells. These unpleasant smells will still linger even after you brush your teeth. So if you are looking for a reason to quit smoking, consider that quitting will greatly help to improve your breath and your overall health!


Visit Your Olney Dentist


Of course, the best way to make sure that you are maintaining proper oral hygiene is to schedule regular appointments with your dentist. If you think you are suffering from chronic halitosis, you should visit your dentist immediately to rule out any serious dental issues. If your dentist believes that the problem is actually being caused by something like an infection, he or she can refer you to a specialist or a family physician to help fight the infection. The important thing is to rule out any guesswork from what is causing your bad breath, and the only way to do that is to visit your local dentist.


Get In Touch With Olney Dental Today

Interested in learning more about how dentistry can make your smile happier? Call Olney Dental at (301) 250-1057 or contact us online for an appointment. And don’t forget to visit Facebook,  TwitterGoogle+,Pinterest, and YouTube to connect with us on social media.


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