Kiss Your Bad Breath Goodbye

Have you experimented with every dental care product in the book to help get rid of your chronic, bad breath? Are you left with little or no success, feeling embarrassed and self-conscious? You should know there is help! The key to destroying bad breath comes with understanding these three things: bacteria, biofilm and the tongue. Once you discover the connection, you will see why everything you have tried in the past for dental health has not worked.

Facts about Bad Breath

  • Lack of saliva or a dry mouth (possibly caused by prescriptions) can create bad breath
  • There are on average 150 million types of bacteria found on your tongue
  • Biofilm is a sticky, slimy coating where bacteria exists, creating bad breath
  • A white coating on the tongue is a sign of a bad breath problem
There are both good bacteria and bad bacteria in your mouth right now. At any given time, an adult can have between 300-500 different types of bacteria in their mouth and on their tongue. The bacteria will turn into a sticky, slimy layer called biofilm, coating your tongue, that acts as a protective armor for the bacteria just below.  Within the bacterial biofilm, the bacteria develop and grow in numbers and strength. Over time, the biofilm layer gets thicker and thicker which makes it almost impossible to clean away the odor-causing bacteria underneath it.

Usually, steady oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing, along with eating healthy foods (like fresh, crisp vegetables) and our own natural saliva will be enough to wash away the days’ worth of bad breath-producing bacteria. Patients have spoken to their dentist about tongue rejuvenation. It is an up and coming treatment that removes the bacteria layer off of the patient’s tongue. It is not for everyone, but for those who are serious about regaining their confidence, it is worth checking in to.

Visiting your dentist annually for an exam is ideal. We strive not only to make your visits comfortable, but also pleasant. Contact one of our dentist clinic locations today!

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Posted on: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Last modified on: Monday, December 11, 2017

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