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Dental Care Blog

Halitosis

Unfortunately the problem of bad breath is a real one, and if you have realized that you may have a problem, here are a few simple ideas on how to treat it. According to the Ontario Dental Associations website (feb 13, 2012), it is estimated 50 percent of the population has bad breath, at any one time, and that half of this group has chronic or long problematic, bad breath. In this group of chronic bad breath sufferers, it can be an indicator of dry mouth. Unfortunately many prescribed medications often have the possible side effect of dry mouth. There are many easy ways to address this, including drinking water multiple times during the day, ensuring good oral hygiene is being followed, and trying a dry mouth lozenge or spray. One of the brands making these products is Biotene, who have created a line of products to help with severe dry mouth. It might be worth it to try these tips and see what can work for you.
Many people who suffer from a bad taste or bad breath find it can eaily be addressed by practicing better oral hygiene. Brushing alone is often not enough, and for clients affected by bad breath a routine including daily brushing, flossing and cleaning of the tongue is reccommended. Brushing the teeth in slow circular motions will ensure reaching to the gums to remove food debris and bacteria that can lead to bad breath. The next step is flossing between the teeth to remove any remaining particles, followed by using a toothbrush or tongue scraper to remove anything left on the tongue. Lastly, there are mouthrinses that will help with the bacteria but only if the first steps in hygiene are taken, or the food and bacteria will still be there to cause problems.
In very severe cases a client might be referred to a medical doctor or specialist to see if there is something medically that can be explored such as diabetes or acid reflux.
Let’s remember to keep to it simple to start. Brush. Floss. Rinse. See your fabulous dental professionals on a regular basis.

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