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Bad Breath? Here's What You Can Do.

April 24, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Christopher Takacs
Ocean City Dentist

Bad breath can create a barrier between you and your professional and social goals. It plagues millions of people and often goes unmentioned because of the fear of offending or hurting someone’s feelings. 

Your dentist, however, should be the one person who is completely honest with you about your breath, If you suspect that you have bad breath and want a dentist in the Ocean City area who will tell you the truth, give us a call!

Bad breath comes from a number of causes:

Tongue Bacteria

Don’t just brush your teeth; brush your tongue too! The texture of your tongue can harbor bacteria and cause bad breath. It’s not a bad idea to use a separate toothbrush for tongue brushing, or at the very least, to make sure you thoroughly wash your toothbrush after brushing your tongue so that bacteria does not get brushed into your gums.

Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration and hunger an cause bad breath. Skipping water and skipping meals may cause your breath to have a stale or foul smell. Even though our schedules these days are very busy take good care of yourself by eating and drinking regularly.

Periodontal Disease

Bad breath can indicate an infection. No matter how many mints you eat or how many times you rinse with mouthwash, the bad breath that stems from periodontal (gum) disease will not disappear without proper treatment. The odor generated from infection is caused by bacteria and lives just beneath your gums and multiply quickly, exacerbating the problem.

Recent research has linked gum disease to a number of other health conditions, as well. Some of these include heart attacks, complications with diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and even liver conditions.

Seeking treatment for periodontal disease can protect more than just your social and romantic life; it can even promote improved overall health.

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