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As the end of the year holiday seasons begin to unfold, it is important to keep your teeth and gums safe from the numerous sweets and treats that seek to destroy them. To help with issues that may arise with your oral health, always make sure you’re practicing safe and effective oral health care treatments, visiting your dentist regularly, and exercising caution with lifestyle choices that could potentially damage your smile. A common condition that often arises to denote problems with your oral hygiene is halitosis, also known as bad breath.

If you are suffering from bad breath, it may be because you’re not cleaning your mouth as well as you should be. Always remember to brush your teeth at least twice daily, which includes brushing your tongue. If you look at the back of your tongue and see a white or brown coating, it means bad breath bacteria is present and needs to be scraped away. Either use a toothbrush your tongue scraper to clear your tongue each day. In addition, make sure your cleaning between your teeth daily with an internal cleaner such as threaded floss or a water flosser. If you have dentures, always soak them overnight remove any bacteria and residue that may be present on them.

Bad breath often arises if your mouth is not producing enough saliva. To help get saliva flowing, try chewing sugarless gum after meals or eating chewy and crunchy food such as carrots and apples. Sucking on sugar-free candy has also been shown to help promote saliva flow. In addition, you can visit your dentist and inquire about artificial saliva.

To help combat the effects that lifestyle choices such as smoking can have on your life, cut them out immediately. Not only will they give you bad breath, but they can destroy your oral health and your physical health. For additional bad breath treatments, visit your dentist for routine checkups and professional cleanings.

If you would like to schedule a halitosis treatment with Dr. Cathy Fermelia and the rest of our team at Academy Park Dental Assoc., simply call our dentist office at 303-987-2121 for an appointment in Lakewood, Colorado. Come in today to learn all about the joys of a fresh smile!