Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bad Breath and Health Problems

As we discussed yesterday on our Facebook Tuesday's Tip, 32% of American's cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.  While bad breath can make communication very uncomfortable, especially if it is in a professional setting, it can also be an indicator of an underlying health problem that needs your attention.

WebMD, in their article Dental Health and Bad Breath, examine several underlying causes of bad breath ranging from periodontal disease to liver or kidney disease.  Our bodies are amazing, and when working properly they are nothing short of a miracle.  Built in to these miracle machines are early warning signs and symptoms that can alert us to potential problems with our health.

So what can you do to prevent bad breath and keep our co-workers smiling?

WebMD has these suggestions:

Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you:

  1. Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your teeth after you eat (keep a toothbrush at work or school to brush after lunch). Don't forget to brush your tongue, too. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth once a day. Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth the next morning.
  2. See your dentist regularly - at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral examination and professional teeth cleaning and will be able detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor.
  3. Stop smoking/chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.
  4. Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria.
  5. Keep a log of the foods you eat. If you think the foods that you eat may be causing your bad breath, record what you eat. Bring the log to your dentist to review. Similarly, make a list of the medications you take. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odors.

If you are concerned about chronic bad breath please give us a call!

(541) 451-4011  or TEXT us at 541.6DC.DDS2

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