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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

How is Bad Breath Treated?

Causes of chronic halitosis, or bad breath, are not commonly agreed upon, so no consistent treatment is recommended. Experts agree however, that most of the bacteria causing the odor reside on the tongue.

Since most halitosis is discovered in the morning, the first thing to do upon rising is to brush your teeth thoroughly, including your tongue. Then eating a healthy breakfast with fibrous food may help remove bacteria from the back of the tongue near the gag reflex. Gently cleaning the tongue at least twice a day may also help. Chewing sugarless gum may help with the production of saliva, which helps reduce bad breath. Some chewing gums even contain special anti-odor ingredients or breath fresheners.

Brushing and flossing your teeth and gargling with an anti-microbial mouthwash can help eliminate food particles that feed bacteria. Several commercial mouthwashes have proven to knock out bad breath for several hours. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluid; a dry mouth produces more odor-causing bacteria than a moist one.

Visit a qualified and experienced dentist every six months to ensure you maintain a healthy, fresh mouth. If you are in Chicago, IL, please contact us at the Colonial Dental group to schedule a consultation.

posted by Patti at 8:15 AM


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