Make Sure Breath is a Part of Beauty

Dental Hygiene Atlanta GA | Flax DentalYour smile should be a work of pure beauty. Many people achieve this ideal by undergoing cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. The last thing you would want is to create a Beauty and the Beast scenario in your mouth! For that reason, it is important that you remain cognizant of your breath. Halitosis is not so uncommon that it couldn’t happen to the best of us. Here, we look at why breath may take a downward turn, and what can be done about it.

Hygiene Rules

Hygiene is the primary aspect of smile maintenance. The way that you brush your teeth and the frequency of flossing are matters of importance. It isn’t enough to brush twice a day. This act can become so common that we eventually pay very little attention to how long we are brushing and whether or not we are even brushing the inside, outside, and topside of each tooth! If you want to sidestep the bad breath problem, pay attention during those two minutes you spend brushing every morning and every night. Also, remember that flossing is what removes hidden bacteria from in between teeth. Finally, remember that bacteria also love to hang out on the back of the tongue. Removing these microorganisms with a tongue scraper keeps them from depositing smelly waste in the mouth.

Additional causes of chronic bad breath include:

  • You may have heard that bad breath is an early indicator of gum disease. Any degree of infection or inflammation in the mouth is likely to affect the freshness of your breath. A professional dental cleaning may be needed to mitigate these issues.
  • The fixtures that sit on the gums need to fit well, and they need to be cleaned well; otherwise, bacteria will quickly colonize. See your dentist for relining, and consider switching to an implant-supported overdenture.
  • Dry mouth. Saliva flow is an important function for oral health and a fresh mouth. Production may diminish if you are dehydrated, so sip water every few minutes throughout the day. Health conditions such as diabetes may also cause dry mouth and require extra TLC. Talk with your dentist about treatment for dry mouth, especially if you are diabetic.

Flax Dental offers personal, friendly care to patients in the Atlanta area. Call ( 404 ) 255-9080 to schedule a visit with us.


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