Posts for: November, 2012

Clean Your Tongue for Fresher Breath

Patients frequently ask questions about bad breath, and this is not a simple subject.  There are a number of factors that can contribute to bad breath, such as periodontal (gum) disease, acid reflux, sulfur compounds from some foods, systemic disorders and dental plaque.

However, there is one quick thing that everyone can do in 15 seconds that can contribute to having fresher breath - just clean your tongue.  Dentists and hygienists forget to discuss this as often as we should because it is so simple.  Just as dirt gets down into your carpet and has to be vacuumed, bacteria and microscopic food particles constantly accumulate in the crevices of your tongue.  While millions of bacteria grow on your teeth within hours after brushing and flossing, they are also growing on your tongue and causing odor.

Though you can buy handy tongue scrapers designed just for cleaning your tongue, the reality is that most people are not going to keep one of these around with their tooth brush.

So I recommend that every time you brush your teeth, you spend just 15 seconds more to thoroughly and vigorously scrub the entire top of your tongue.  You will be amazed at how much cleaner your mouth feels, how much fresher your breath is, and how much better you can taste everything that you eat and drink. 

This will make such a difference, that it can quickly become such a habit that you will just do it automatically, and have fresher breath all the time.

November 12, 2012
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Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Through the Holidays


Throughout the last three months of the year it seems like there is ample opportunity to eat foods that can be detrimental to the health of your teeth.  Halloween kicks off the festivities of the end of the year and Halloween is often our biggest offender. Throughout fall and winter it is especially important that you are caring for your teeth and paying attention to their needs.

During this time you will want to start paying particular attention to your hygiene.  You should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.  Brushing in the morning and at night will help get the sugar off of your teeth that you consumed throughout the day.  Being diligent about brushing properly and for a whole two minutes can save your teeth from decay.

Flossing between all of your teeth will also be beneficial for your oral hygiene.  If you have any dental appliances in your mouth, purchase floss that is going to help you get between the teeth that are hard to reach.

When you know that you are taking in more sugar than your teeth are used to, it can be very beneficial to rinse your mouth out after you eat sugars.  As you rinse your mouth out, you can be sure that sugar is not going to be sitting on your teeth throughout the day. Chewing sugarless gum between meals may also help you activate your saliva glands and ensure that sugar is being removed from your teeth.

Enjoy yourself this holiday season but make sure you don’t forget about your teeth! With just a little extra care and thought, you may be able to avoid decay and cavities that you would have otherwise.  

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