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Is Bad Breath Making You Feel Embarrassed? Use These Tips To Eradicate It!
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Halitosis, or bad breath, can impact your quality of life. It can also signal an underlying condition that needs to be checked and treated. Ailing or not, there are many things you can do at home to get rid of bad breath.

Try to avoid consuming foods that contribute to mouth odor. When you eat food, it gets broken down in the mouth before being absorbed into the small intestine and then into your bloodstream. Some foods, such as onions or garlic, have strong odors. When you consume such foods and floss or brush your teeth, you only temporarily mask the smell and not permanently remove it.

Eating certain foods like pastrami, cheese, spices, soda or orange juice, or drinking alcohol, you are likely to suffer bad breath. The bad breath will cease when these foods are completely moved out of your body.

Scraping your tongue removes a coating that forms on top of your tongue that could be hosting odor-producing bacteria. Use a tongue scraper designed to apply uniform pressure on the surface of your tongue and clear up the coating that makes your mouth smell.

Chew gum rather than indulging in after-dinner mints. Bacteria in your mouth love sugar and use it to make acid that wears down your teeth, causing bad breath. Therefore, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy to stimulate saliva production. Saliva washes away bacteria and food particles. Use mints and gum that contain xylitol.

Remember, if the odor persists even after observing these and more practices, visit us to check whether you have an underlying condition that could be the root cause.

Risks of Not Rinsing After Brushing
For many of us, we are used to rinsing our mouth immediately after we are done with brushing because we see the foam in the mouth as messy. However, it is always a good idea to let toothpaste foam stay in the mouth to allow the fluoride and other elements designed to strengthen teeth to do their job. However, you should rinse your mouth after a few minutes.

Even so, you might forget to rinse at all. There could be various side effects of going without rinsing the mouth if it happens frequently and for a long time. Most importantly, it is unwise to swallow fluoride or toothpaste as it can lead to abdominal pain, nausea, or even diarrhea. For adults, it may be hard to swallow toxic levels of fluoride if you stick to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for brushing. Often unsupervised children are the ones who mostly suffer from these side effects of swallowing toothpaste.

The Importance of Using the Right Toothpaste and Toothbrush
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Having a proper toothbrush and toothpaste makes it easier to remove food leftovers, deposits, and plaque from teeth. As such, you reduce the dangers of tooth decay and gum disease. Get a toothbrush that features soft-bristles for a clean, gentle brushing of the teeth and gums. Replace the brush every three months or when the bristles become frayed. Moreover, the right toothpaste will keep your breath fresh, giving your mouth a healthy clean feel. When it comes to toothpaste, consider the ones with fluoride because it goes a long way in strengthening your teeth to protect them from cavities. Some toothpastes also contain baking soda, an important element in preventing decay since it helps remineralize the enamel and limits the buildup of plaque by neutralizing plaque acids.

Welcome to Middle Creek Dental! Your bright, healthy smile is our top priority.

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