I received these great tips on how to prevent bad breath and halitosis prevention from Margaret Mitchell and though I would share them with you.
We have all had that embarrassing bout of halitosis that we just can’t seem to shake and we always jump to blame it on the onions covering our lunch burger, but what’s really causing your mouth to stink?
Prevent Bad Breath
Dr. Margaret Mitchell, DDS, reveals that bad breath has many causes, several of which people don’t usually suspect. There are also many simple solutions to the problem. So forget about the onions and garlic – the source of your bad breath is likely hiding elsewhere.
- Your tongue – Your tongue, especially the top back, is a serious source of halitosis. Bacteria love to linger on the back of your tongue and it’s a location where food can easily get trapped and rot, causing odor. What’s a great way to remedy this problem? Use a tongue scraper – it will save you tons on gum and mints.
- Your gums – Gums can be a breeding ground for bacteria, especially when food gets trapped below the gum line. The longer it sits down there the more it causes your breath to stink. How can you avoid this problem? Maintain good dental hygiene regimen and make sure you get regular cleanings.
- Dental problems – Anything from a rotting tooth to an abscess to unclean dentures can turn breath really nasty. For the more serious dental problems it is extremely important that you regularly see your dentist for cleanings and maintenance.
- Medical problems – Sometimes bad breath can actually signal that something more serious is going on in your body. Bad breath can be a symptom of the cold and flu, upset stomach, reflux, and oral disease or cancer. If you notice your breath is persistently unpleasant pay attention to what your body might be telling you. Make sure you also always see your physician regularly.
MARGARET MITCHELL BIO
Dr. Margaret Mitchell is a nationally renowned cosmetic and general dentist that has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. Originally fromElk Grove Village,IL, Dr. Mitchell got her start by opening her own practice immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Dental School in 1988. Dr. Mitchell’s patients often comment on her engaging and social personality, which allows them to go to the dentist without the anxiety traditionally associated with such a visit.
Prevent bad breath using these tips above and by being aware.