Oral Health News

January 2016

Beat bad breath

Do you know someone who has bad breath? Almost everyone gets bad breath every once in awhile. Bad breath is caused by germs (bacteria) that live in the mouth, especially on the back of the tongue and under the gumline. These bacteria break down proteins in foods and saliva into amino acids. Some amino acids break down further into Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs), which stink!

The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. When we do not remove bacteria from the mouth by brushing and flossing, we increase the amount of VSCs created. Since the germs that cause bad breath live on the back of the tongue, it is very important to brush or scrape the tongue each time we brush!

Beat bad breath by:

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily for two¬†minutes each time.
  • Brushing or scraping your tongue each time you brush.
  • Using toothpicks to remove food from between teeth after meals or snacks.
  • Flossing once daily.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year.