Could It Be Your Breath?

bad breath | Albuquerque, NMEverybody wakes with “morning breath.” It’s caused by the bacteria in our mouths which multiply during the night when there is no saliva being produced to flush the bacteria away. But as soon as we brush and floss, we’re usually good to go.

But if your bad breath (halitosis) is constant, and your best friends have told you, it may be time for you to take additional measures.

Try these 9 sweet-breath suggestions:
1.Get a dental check-up twice a year. Bad breath can be an indicator of a serious problem such as periodontal disease, an abscessed or decaying tooth, or even a serious health problem.
2.Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and after every meal, if possible. Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to work so that you can brush after lunch. Swirling water around in your mouth after eating is better than nothing.
3.Brush and clean your tongue. Bacteria hide on the top of your tongue, especially toward the back of your mouth. That’s where using a tongue scraper comes into play. At the very least, brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
4.Mouth wash can help get rid of bad breath, but be sure to use one that’s alcohol-free. Bacteria love alcohol when because it converts to sugar…and the alcohol can dry out your mouth.
5.If your bad breath comes on suddenly, the culprit might be a new prescription medication. Talk to your doctor, drink water and chew sugarless gum.
6.Ever wonder why parsley comes on your plate with your restaurant entree? It’s because chewing raw parsley naturally cleans your mouth and palate and removes odors. Cardamom is also a natural breath freshener, as is peppermint and green tea.
7.Dehydration is a common cause of bad breath. Increase your intake of water – sip it throughout the day.
8.Chewing sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva which helps wash bacteria away.
9.Avoid sugary foods and drinks…halitosis-causing bacteria love them.

We appreciate you, our patients, and we love taking care of your dental needs. We invite you to call to schedule an appointment for a through exam and dental cleaning, today: (505) 881-1159.

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