Combating bad breath is a concern to all of us at one time or another. Although many people believe that oral mal- odor comes from the
stomach, the most common source of bad breath is the deep crevices at the back of the tongue.
Oral mal-odor can also originate in areas called periodontal pockets. Naturally occurring Gram-negative bacteria thrive in these hidden areas and form odorous volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs).
These VSCs have a strong rotten egg smell. Regular dental cleanings and examinations enable your dental professional to help you maintain long-lasting fresh breath in addition to healthy teeth and gums. There are several ways to manage bad breath concerns both in the dental office and at home. Your dental professional can help you tackle this sensitive issue.
Although all of us suffer from bad breath on occasion, chronic bad breath can be indicative of more serious health problems. If you have any concerns about your breath, it is important to ask your dentist or hygienist about them today.
|1. The deep pockets of the tongue harbor debris, and plaque.|
|2. An anti bacterial gel penetrates and loosens this odor-causing bacteria.|
|3. A scraper lifts and removes debris.|
|4. An anti-bacterial mouth rinse flushes loosened particles and leaves the anti-bacterial ingredient to continue working.|
What Happens During My Dental Appointment?
During your dental hygiene appointment, your hygienist will teach you to use a tongue scraper and use an anti-bacterial tongue gel to neutralize and remove odor-producing bacteria and bacterial by-products. Your hygienist will also use scaling instruments to remove the build-up of plaque and calculus (tartar ) from your teeth and below the gum line. This aids in reducing the risk of gum (periodontal) disease, which is also a source of oral malodor. Proper daily oral hygiene instructions will also be provided.
What Can I Do On A Daily Basis?
In addition to regular brushing and flossing, bacteria. incorporating tongue scraping into your daily oral hygiene routine is an easy and incredibly effective way to maintain a healthy mouth and long-lasting fresh breath. Daily use of an anti-bacterial tooth- paste, mouth rinse and tongue gel will also help you achieve the and improve your overall oral health. It’s important to use an alcohol-free mouth rinse, since alcohol can dry your oral soft tissue which ultimately leads to even faster formation of odor producing bacteria. There are also specifically formulated chewing gums and mints that will refresh your breath, anytime, anywhere. Look for products that contain the essential oils thymol and eucalyptus as anti-bacterial agents. Plus, the products you choose should also include an odor neutralizer, such as zinc chloride for complete oral malodor management.
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