- April 25, 2016
Welcome to the Holly Dental Care blog! We are your partner for oral health in the Holly, Michigan area. Once you are entrusted to our care, you’ll soon see how much we can do for you and your family. Our preventive dentistry program is top-notch and it includes educational platforms, like this blog post, that are aimed at keeping you on track in-between visits.
Our mission is simple: to keep your mouth clean and your smile looking phenomenal. That said, real life can sometimes obscure simplicity. Plenty of minor dilemmas arise along the way. And we want to help you navigate all those dental-related concerns.
Today, we want to touch on a topic that many might consider taboo: bad breath.
Have you ever had to interact closely with someone, perhaps unexpectedly, and you suddenly realize that your breath is not ready for the occasion? Maybe you had too much garlic at lunch or forgot to brush your teeth. We all can relate to having that sort of dreaded moment every now and then.
That is bad enough. But what about those poor folks who suffer from bad breath on a rall the time? We have treated lots of great patients who unfortunately suffer from a condition known as halitosis.
If you are one of them, there is nothing to be ashamed about. But there is plenty you can do to improve your lot.
Here are some things you can do to make yourself ready for social interactions:
Drink Lots Of Water
Believe it or not, staying hydrated is the best thing you can do to ward off bad breath. Saliva naturally eliminates bacteria in your mouth causing the bad breath, but in order for saliva to be produced, you need to drink enough water. The bonus is that in many places the water is infused with fluoride!
Stay Away From Mints
This may seem counter-intuitive. When you get a nasty taste in your mouth, it’s easy to grab a mint, cover it up, and go on with your bad self. The bad news is that most mints are loaded with sugar. And after the mint is gone, all that is left is a sugary residue that actually feeds the bacteria causing your breath problems. If you have to, chew on some sugar-free gum instead.
Find The Floss
Battling bad breath is really a matter of battling bacteria. Flossing is a great ally in this war. Try to floss twice a day or more to better eradicate bacteria from in-between your pearly whites.
Pay Attention To Your Tongue
If you wrestle with chronic bad breath, take the time to scrape and brush your tongue twice a day. Do it when you brush and floss!
See The Dentist!
If you really want to get rid of bad breath, it’s time to set up an appointment at Holly Dental Care. Contact us today to find the source of your halitosis and take care of the problem so that you can get close to others without any worries!