Fight Bad Breath With Good Habits [BLOG]

Man and Woman Brushing Their Teeth Together | Dental Prevention in West Liberty, IA and Muscatine, IA | Gentle Family Dentists

At Gentle Family Dentists, we are committed to making every visit to our West Liberty and Muscatine, IA dental offices as pleasant as possible for each and every patient. To that end, we even have someone in each department who speaks Spanish. ¿Como suena eso?

You’ll find that there is so much that we can do to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking its best at every stage of life. And we want you to know that our preventive dentistry services can address a wide range of issues.

That’s why today we’d like to talk about one of these: a chronic version of bad breath that’s known as halitosis. This condition can be embarrassing, but we can help you work through that when you call us at 563-288-2612 to request your next appointment. In the meantime, keep reading to hear a few tips for dealing with offensive breath.

The Wonder Of Water

We’re sure you know that water is good for you, generally speaking. But it this is especially true when it comes to oral health. What’s more, staying sufficiently hydrated is the best thing you can do to keep bad breath from creeping into your life. That is because saliva naturally eliminates the bacteria in your mouth that is causing your bad breath. And in order for saliva to be produced, you will need to drink lots of refreshing water.

You Can’t Cover Up The Problem With Mints

Sure, a mint can cleanse the palate after an interesting meal. But if you have persistent bad breath, mints are a bad idea because the majority of mints are loaded with sugar. So, once the mint has dissolved in your mouth, what lingers is a sugary residue that actually feeds the bacteria causing your breath problems. Crazy, but true.

Don’t Forget To Brush And Floss

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is always a good idea. But dental floss is an equally essential step. Focus on those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. You’ll be glad that you did.

Do Remember Your Tongue

Here’s a helpful hint: take some time to scrape and brush your tongue while you’re at it. You should do this as often as you brush and floss your teeth because it really helps to get a handle on all the dangerous bacteria in your mouth and the related stench.

Let Gentle Family Dentists Help!

Try following these suggestions and keep visiting our office every three to six months. At each checkup, our dentists will gently examine your mouth to see if anything is amiss. Plus, we’ll give your teeth a professional-grade cleaning.

This might be all it takes to keep your mouth free from harmful bacteria and bad breath moving forward. Keep in mind that if you are the least bit anxious about getting the care you deserve, we can help put you at ease with relaxation dentistry. There’s a reason we’re known as the area’s gentle dentists!

Request your next preventive dental appointment today by calling our West Liberty & Muscatine, IA offices at 563-288-2612.


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