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Health & Wellness – January 16, 2020

Ban bad breath

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Ever feel like you have bad breath? If you’re worried about your breath, it’s hard to be confident about what you’re saying. HMSA Dental can help.

 

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is the leading cause of bad breath. Dehydration and some prescription medications can cause it. Many people use mouthwash to counteract bad breath from dehydration, but drinking water is a better solution. Mouthwash dries your mouth out, making your breath worse. Drinking water increases the production of saliva, which helps regulate bacteria. 

 

Tongue scraping

A clean tongue can make a huge difference in the way your breath smells. If scrubbing with your toothbrush isn’t getting your tongue as clean as you’d like, try a tongue scraper. This inexpensive tool is great at removing bacteria and food debris for a fresh, clean feeling. 

 

Tonsil stones

Tonsil stones are hard deposits of sulfur-producing bacteria and debris, like food particles and mucus, that get lodged in the tonsils. They calcify, turning into hard yellow or white formations with a pungent smell. Unless they’re making it difficult to swallow, you don’t have to remove them. Reducing the production of tonsil stones can help improve your breath. Brush twice a day, drink water after meals, limit dairy intake, and avoid alcohol.

 

Brushing, flossing, drinking water, and regular dentist visits are still the best and easiest ways to get rid of bad breath. Find a dentist at hmsadental.com.

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