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Previously, we addressed the common causes of bad breath and why flossing is crucial to the health of your mouth. Continuing our discussion, we want to explore what oral health issues may be causing bad breath.

If you suffer from bad breath that does not improve even with a proper dental hygiene routine, it may be a warning sign of a more serious issue. It is important to remember that if you have bad breath it does not mean you have any of these problems below, but you should visit your dentist to address the issue.

Bad breath can be a symptom of both oral health conditions and non-oral health conditions.

The oral health conditions include:
Throat problems, like strep throat
Dental Cavities
Gum disease
A root canal that is infected
Throat or oral cancer
Tonsils that contain trapped food particles

Non-oral health issues associated with bad breath include:
Diabetes
Acid reflux
Lung infections
Lung disease
Liver disease
HIV

Your Dental Hygiene Habits are Important

Preventing bad breath starts with a proper oral hygiene routine. Flossing, brushing your teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of your mouth two times per day should be a routine you follow. You can also use mouthwash, though mouthwash only acts as an additional aid, not a substitute for brushing and flossing.

Is bad breath an issue that you struggle with?

If you deal with bad breath, be sure to speak with your dentist. Having bad breath is a common issue and, whether it's due to not flossing or something more serious, you will want to make sure the problem is fixed. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH today.

Do you floss your teeth at least once a day?  You should, and here's why:

Not only does flossing help protect your gums from gum disease, flossing also helps remove bacteria that can cause bad breath. If you experience bad breath, flossing may be the best way to combat it.

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is a much more common issue than many people realize. Although it is common, bad breath should not be taken lightly, as it can be a sign of illness or disease.

The Importance of Saliva

When you have less saliva in your mouth, plaque buildup is more likely to occur. When plaque buildup occurs, this can lead to bad breath. Flossing can help remove the plaque that your toothbrush misses.

Certain activities can reduce saliva flow and cause bad breath. These activities include:

Alcohol Consumption - Alcoholic drinks can easily cause dry mouth. If you do have any alcohol, be sure to floss before you go to bed.

Not Flossing in the Morning - As you sleep, the flow of saliva in your mouth slows down. When you wake up, be sure to include flossing during your morning routine.

Being Hungry or Thirsty - Make sure that you stay hydrated through the day to help protect your mouth from bacteria and bad breath. You should also be sure to have a proper diet; the act of chewing helps increase the saliva in your mouth.

Do you experience bad breath?

If you suffer from bad breath be sure to address it with your dentist as soon as possible. If you live in the North Royalton, OH area and would like to discuss your bad breath, schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian.

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Chewing gum can’t possibly be good for your oral health, can it? After all, don’t we always here about how detrimental chewing gum is for your oral health? However, thanks to an ingredient called xylitol (or sorbitol), chewing gum may actually have great benefits for your oral health. 

 

Determining if chewing gum is healthy or not for you is highly dependent on what kind of gum you are chewing. If you are chewing gum that is full of sugars, you are doing a disservice to your oral health by introducing these sugars to your mouth for prolonged periods of time. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are chewing sugar-free gum that contains an ingredient by the name of xylitol, you are helping your mouth fight diseases like gum disease and cavities. In many studies, xylitol has been found to be more effective than fluoride at protecting your teeth against decay. You can read more about xylitol, here.  

Chewing Gum

 

In addition to introducing xylitol to your mouth, sugar-free chewing gum can also stimulate your salivary glands, helping you to avoid dry mouth. Dry mouth is a contributor to cavities, as it results in inadequate saliva to counterbalance the acids and sugars from the foods and beverages you consume.

 

Chewing sugar-free chewing gum can help prevent the following oral health issues:

It is critical to make sure you are chewing gum that is sugar-free, and you should always look for xylitol in your chewing gum! 

 

Are you in need of oral health care?

 

Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH always welcomes people into his office who are serious about maintaining great oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian, click here.

You may wonder if you need to brush your tongue. The answer is yes. The reason for this is that bacteria that causes cavities, gum disease, and bad breath can live on your tongue. If you fail to brush your tongue these colonies will remain and can cause you to have many side effects, most notably halitosis. 

Halitosis

Your tongue is at particular risk as an area where bacteria can colonize. The reasib for this is that your tongue is covered in papillae. Papillae is what detects taste in your mouth, however, they can also create areas that bacterias to can hide.

The best way to deal with this is to brush your tongue. While brushing your tongue tou begin to break up bacteria and make them much less destructive. Brushing your tongue also reduces the amount of germs in your mouth to help prevent other health problems. 

Some general brushing tips & techniques:

  • Use a circular motion while brushing gradually covering your entire mouth.
  • Place your brush at a 45-degree angle from your teeth.
  • Don't forget to brush all the surfaces in your mouth including your gums, teeth, roof of your mouth, tongue, cheeks, etc. Brushing these parts of your mouth will remove bacteria and cause your breath to be fresher.
  • You should replace your brush when the bristles begin to fray or after you have been sick.
  • You should brush for two to three minutes in order to effectively brush. Don't rush through the brushing process.

If you would like to schedule a professional cleaning please contact Dr. Florian at his office in North Royalton.