BAD BREATH- Treatment and Prevention

Causes Of Bad Breath

Although there are many factors leading to Bad Breath but poor oral hygiene is the most common of all. Building up bacteria due to unhygienic oral habits actually causes smelly breath. Food particles in the mouth if are not cleaned then they are fed and broken down by bacteria and hence release unpleasant-smelling gas. It can be a symptom of any gum disease.

Food items like onions, garlic, and cheese contribute equally to bad breath as smoking, drinking coffee, and high alcohol consumption. Bad breath should not be ignored or taken casually as this can lead to infection and illness.

Treatment and Prevention

It is well said that “Prevention is better than Cure”. It is always wise to prevent any disease to happen. Bad breath can also be prevented by following a hygienic oral routine and in case one is already suffering then improving oral cleanliness can do be a help to a great extent.

Top 5 ways to get Fresh Breath

1.Brushing teeth twice per day

Fluoride toothpaste should be used for brushing. Teeth brushing should be done correctly and regularly.

2.Brushing or scraping the tongue

A soft rubber scraper for the tongue can help in scraping out food particles and removing bacteria which toothbrush finds hard to do.

3.Flossing between teeth

Only cleaning teeth surface is not enough. Food particles trapped between teeth should be removed and this can be done by flossing. Decaying of trapped food particles leads to bad breath.

4.Quitting smoking and alcohol consumption

Smoking leads to the smell of stale smoke and this causes gum diseases. Gum diseases are another cause of bad breath.

5.Chewing sugar-free gum

When one cannot clean mouth due to situational reasons, chewing sugar-free gum can be a temporary solution to prevent any bad breath. Though it cannot substitute a proper hygienic oral health routine, so teeth should be cleaned thoroughly as well.

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!

South Yarra Family Dental Care team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We will be closing from the 25th of December 2021 and will be reopening on the 4th of January 2022.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing your smile in 2022.

If you have a dental emergency during this time, please call The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne on 03 9341 1000.

Healthy Breakfast

A healthy breakfast is a great way to start the day. Try these easy breakfast ideas today and start feeling great!

* Avocado on wholegrain toast

* Omelette with vegetables

* Oats or yogurt with fresh fruit

* Milk, yogurt, and fruit smoothie

* Baked beans on wholegrain toast

Contact South Yarra Family Dental Care Today

•            Call us on 03 98671151

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Pop in and see us at unit 2/ 137 Osborne St , South Yarra, Melbourne

Can Chewing Gum Really Clean Your Mouth

When it comes to chewing gum, not only is it tasty and fun to chew on but the type of gum you buy can make a big difference in whether it’s helpful or harmful to your teeth. While gum containing sugar can increase your chances of developing a cavity, there is clinical evidence that proves sugarless gum helps to prevent tooth decay, especially when utilized after eating.

Studies have found that chewing sugar-free gum increases the production and flow of saliva in your mouth, which helps dilute sugars and food particles. Saliva helps neutralize harmful acids that are produced in the mouth when the bacteria on your teeth break down the foods you consume. Not only does the increased saliva flow neutralize the acids in your mouth, but it also washes away food particles helping to keep your teeth clean.

It is even better when it comes to chewing sugar-free gum that is sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol has the added benefit of preventing the growth of Streptococcus mutans, one of the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay. Xylitol causes bacteria to lose the ability to adhere to the tooth which prevents the tooth decay causing process.

Although chewing sugarless gum can be beneficial, there are some cases where it is not recommended. People experiencing jaw pain or symptoms of TMJ, should avoid chewing gum and discuss with their dentist about other options suitable for them.

It is important to remember though chewing sugarless gum can be helpful to your dental hygiene routine however, it is not a replacement for brushing twice daily and flossing.

Healthy Teeth Happy Kids!

.Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to keep your teeth clean.

.Eat lots of yummy fruits and veggies and drink water to keep your teeth healthy.

.Visit the dentist to check that your teeth are ok.