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Don't Let Your Breath Ruin Your Date!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Feb 14, 2013 10:55:00 AM

valentine's_dayBad breath is something that many people deal with, only because they don’t know how to properly take care of this problem and eliminate it from occurring in the future. There is nothing worse than talking to someone and noticing that they are backing away because your breath is less than pleasant. You can take a few steps that will help your bad breath clear up, but first you need to understand why it’s happening.

Bad breath occurs when bacteria builds up in your mouth. This happens when you don’t brush or floss regularly and the bacteria is able to multiply on the little bits of food that are left behind. The bacteria releases sulfur compounds and creates the less than pleasant smell in your mouth. Bad breath can also occur when you eat pungent foods that are high in oil.  Smoking, gum disease and tooth decay can all also contribute to bad breath.

If you want to take care of your bad breath, the first thing you need to do is start up a healthy oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing will definitely help. When you brush your teeth, you want to be sure to pay attention to areas that many people usually ignore. Brushing your tongue and the insides of your cheeks lightly will get rid of all the bacteria within your mouth and allow you to create fresh breath.

Having regular dental check-ups and taking care of any cavities will eliminate areas of tooth decay where the bacteria can build up. Also, the cleaning that you should have at your dental office once every six months will get deep into the gums and remove bacteria that a regular toothbrush cannot. Your dentist can also check to see if you have gum disease that may be causing your breath to smell bad.

No one wants to deal with bad breath and sometimes overcoming it can seem difficult, but it just takes a little change in your regular oral hygiene to get your breath smelling good again. You shouldn't have to hide your mouth if you suffer from this very common problem, so start maintaining your oral hygiene today and change your breath for good.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene