Bad Breath Tips From Top Dentists

bad breath tipsMost likely you have experienced bad breath at some time in your life.  It could be from something you ate or drank, or if you smoke, or even if you are sick. Sometimes it is hard to combat, especially if it becomes a persistent issue. Just reaching for the mouthwash isn’t a long term solution.  According to some top dentists, these are some bad breath tips that will help you feel like your old self again.

Brush your tongue – When brushing your teeth, it is important to brush your tongue as well. Bacteria accumulates on the back surface of your tongue and can cause a strong odor.

Drink plenty of water – Your favorite drink may be increasing your chance of bad breath.  Coffee, tea and other drinks don’t hydrate your mouth as well as water.  When your mouth is dry, you have less saliva which allows bacteria to sit in your mouth longer and cause bad breath.

Brush after meals -If you only brush twice a day, you may want to consider increasing that amount.  If food remains on your teeth after meals, it causes bacteria and odor.

See your dentist – If you find that your breath is strong no matter what you do, it may suggest that something more is going on besides just poor hygiene. It is important to see your dentist to get to the bottom of it.

How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath According To Top Dentists|Birmingham Mail


Shark Tank Product Improves Oral Health

shark tankYou’ve probably heard of the show “Shark Tank” on ABC where people come on with inventions and try to convince one of the “sharks” to invest in their product.  Charles Michael Yim was recently a contestant and he recently made history when he convinced all five sharks to invest a million dollars into his smartphone breathalyzer product.  Now he has invented a product with the same technology called “Mint” that measures your mouth’s bacteria and hydration levels and may help you prevent unnecessary trips to the dentist.

Read all about his product and what the ADA has to say about it in the full article here: Shark Tank Product Improves Oral Health, Measuring Levels Of Bacteria That Cause Bad Breath.

Can Oral Health Affect Athletic Training?

athlete oral healthSome studies have shown that athletes tend to have more frequent problems with their oral health.  The reasons aren’t exactly clear, but some experts attribute it to diet, mouth injuries or other factors.

Dry mouth is a common problem for athletes. This can lead to oral health problems because saliva keeps mouths moist and washes away food particles and bacteria that are left behind.  Without enough saliva production, your oral health is at risk. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and be uncomfortable.  It also leads to gum disease.

Many athletes turn to sports drinks for energy and to combat dehydration. They are popular because they claim to be better than water for replacing electrolytes.  But they have a lot of sugar which causes tooth decay.  Water is the best choice for athletes, but if you feel you must drink sports drinks, be sure to rinse with water after.

Athletes may also want to chew sugar free gum after meals or during rest periods to increase saliva production. They should also wear mouth guards to protect against injury of the mouth.  Also be sure to practice good oral hygiene.

Can Oral Health Affect Athletic Training?|Your Dental Health Resource

Are You Skipping Nighttime Brushing?

nighttime brushingWe all know how it feels when it’s late and you’re so tired, you just want to go to bed without brushing your teeth. It can’t do that much harm to skip nighttime brushing right? Wrong! Dentists have told us to brush morning and night for good reason.  Here are reasons why nighttime brushing is the most important time to brush.

Your mouth is drier at night – During the day your mouth produces a lot of saliva to help cleanse your teeth.  It keeps your mouth moist for talking and chewing all while rinsing away bacteria that are left behind from the foods you eat.  It also neutralizes harmful acids in your mouth.  At night your saliva secretion decreases dramatically so your mouth is more susceptible.

Plaque on your teeth can mature overnight – Plaque begins to buildup as soon as 20 minutes after you eat or drink. If you don’t brush before bed, the plaque is able to mature undisturbed for the entire night while you sleep.  This will lead to more acid and eventually cavities.

Bad breath – Morning breath happens even when you do brush before bed, so imagine the odors that will be there if you don’t brush at night.

Nighttime is the period of recovery for your teeth from the wear and tear of the day.  If you leave food and bacteria on your teeth, you are not giving them that chance to recover while you sleep.  So even though it is tempting at times, do not skip nighttime brushing!

Why You Should Never Skip Nighttime Brushing|Grateful Dental

The Truth in Every Rinse: The Workings of Mouthwash

15253378-open-mouthSilently sitting on sinks and kitchen counter tops, your mouthwash plays probably one of the most underrated roles of a superhero. Countless times one swish of this liquid in the mouth has saved people from a bad first impression when meeting potential business investors or a first date. It does not need a cape to save the taste buds from the tragedy of undesirable food encounters. But, while its benefit is right on the spot, it does not last long.

Popularly regarded as the first aid to eliminating bad breath, it is true that mouthwash does relieve bad breath, but only temporarily. However, it should be emphasized that its function lacks the capability to remove the underlying causes of bad breath such as diseases involving the digestive system, dental cavities, and periodontal diseases. If a person finds the need to use mouthwash more than usual and necessary, it is strongly suggestive of underlying problems which should be assessed by a dentist. Therefore, it is technically right to say that the use of mouthwash is a preventive measure.

There are two classifications of mouthwashes. Therapeutic mouth rinse has antibacterial properties that can prevent build-up of bacteria and development of gum disease. Some of these therapeutic mouth rinses contain fluoride which helps in protecting teeth and strengthening them. The other type is referred to as cosmetic mouthwash. These are only used to relieve bad breath. They do not contain antibacterial ingredients.

On the other hand, mouthwashes can be also be classified into alcohol or non-alcohol. The majority of mouthwashes available on the market have alcohol in them. Alcohol can cause dryness of the mouth. Alcohol-free mouthwashes are generally milder and are more suitable for people with mouth sensitivity. Alcohol-free forms are also recommended for children because of the danger in accidental swallowing.

Aside from guaranteed instant fresh breath, using mouthwash can help with the removal of food debris in the mouth. Some people use it as a substitute for brushing and flossing, which is a grave mistake. The simple act of rinsing a liquid in the mouth can’t effectively free teeth from potential plaque-forming substances. According to dentists, it doesn’t matter the order of brushing, flossing, and rinsing as long as you perform each one in your oral hygiene routine.

Lastly, mouthwashes or mouth rinses are screened for quality and effectiveness. This is done by the American Dental Association. Those washes and rinses that are proven safe and suitable for public consumption carry with them ADA seals as proof that they are scientifically-tested. This proof also comes with a brief statement from ADA explaining why a specific brand earned the seal.