Don’t Let Persistent Bad Breath Spoil
This Year’s Holiday Festivities

Dr. James Hallam of Laurentian Dental Centre Kitchener

Dr. James Hallam, Laurentian Dental, Kitchener

Don’t allow unrecognized bad breath to spoil your holiday celebrations this year, as the festive season is about to get into full swing for so many people.

We encourage you to kiss up a storm this season as you greet friends and loved ones, but before you do, please take the time to insure that bad breath doesn’t spoil those memorable moments!

Some people may think that bad breath is no big deal but they’re wrong. Offensive oral odours can affect an individual’s personal life. Bad breath has even been cited as the reason for ending engagements and marriages.

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Cheers & Happy Holidays!

The good news is that you don’t have to let bad breath ruin your holidays. If you sense that you may have bad breath, here’s a few preventative steps you can take to alleviate the problem until you can visit the dentist to remedy the situation:

Brushing & flossing properly twice a day will help to keep oral bacteria at a manageable level, and drinking plenty of water can help to facilitate a consistent flow of saliva which can prevent oral bacteria from accumulating in force.

The roof of your mouth, the inside of your lips and the surface of your tongue can all harbour bacteria that contributes to bad breath. Remember to gently brush these surfaces every time you brush your teeth.

Some people discover that their tongue can become heavily coated with a mucous-like film. If you observe this condition, use a tongue cleaner to clean as far back on your tongue as possible because anaerobic bacteria thrive in the fissures of the tongue.

An oral irrigator can also flush out debris and plaque from areas with periodontal pockets, and around crowns and bridges. Trapped food particles between the teeth can be a source of bad breath if you’re not flossing properly or regularly, because no amount of brushing can get to those particles stuck between your teeth.

“Bad breath can also signal dental or health problems including tooth decay, gum disease, sinus problems, dry mouth or in rare cases, systemic diseases such as diabetes, liver, kidney or stomach disorders and lung problems.”

Improperly cleaned dentures can also harbour odour-causing food particles and bacteria, so if you wear dentures take them out at night and clean them thoroughly with a denture cleaner before wearing them again.

Gargle your mouth with a non-alcoholic, antiseptic plaque-reducing mouth rinse that fights oral bacteria, after brushing and flossing. Some mouthwashes & breath mints only provide a temporary solution, masking unpleasant mouth odours for a short time.

Chewing sugar-free gum helps too because it stimulates the flow of saliva which aids in washing away food particles and bacteria.

Be aware that bad breath can also signal other dental or health problems including tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, sinus problems, xerostomia (dry mouth) or in rare cases, systemic diseases such as diabetes, liver, kidney or stomach disorders and lung problems. If your mouth is healthy and the odour is not of oral origin, we can refer you to a physician for further diagnosis and treatment.

If persistent bad breath is a concern, please schedule an appointment to see us because we can help!

Yours for better dental health,

Put Your Best Smile Forward!

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