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Archive for January 2014

Halitosis

Halitosis or bad breath is a common condition affecting about half of the adult population.  Most causes of bad breath can be attributed to coming directly from the mouth. There are actions that one can take to minimize the problem.

The tongue is one of the most common sources of bad breath.  This is evident when one has bad breath even after brushing and flossing well.  The surface area of the tongue is immense and bacterial breakdown of food on the tongue is the cause of this odour.  The solution is a tongue scraper.  Using a tongue scraper once a day will minimize the build-up and aid in controlling odours from this cause. There are many different styles of tongue scrapers and I have found one that is very effective and simple to use. Please ask us for one if you think you would benefit from its use.

Of course there are other causes of bad breath.  Dry mouth is another common condition that can contribute to bad breath.  Dry mouth may be due to an autoimmune disorder, medications that are commonly prescribed or simply not keeping hydrated.  Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Remember when you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

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