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Bad breath can derail a date and put a hamper on your social life in general. If you are struggling with hard-to-treat bad breath, our Saint Louis dentists are here to help. The truth is that many bad breath remedies, like mints and breath sprays, can actually do more harm than good. In most cases the patient needs to treat his or her underlying oral health problems in order to conquer bad breath for good.

Sometimes you may notice that your breath seems malodorous after you eat or drink something that is strongly flavored. Garlic, onion, seasoned meats, and more can all leaving lasting tastes and smells in your mouth. This type of odorous breath is temporary and nothing to be worried about. You can drink plenty of water and rinse your mouth with water and/or mouthwash in order to help the smells dissipate faster.

If, however, you find that you’re dealing with unpleasant, stale breath on a regular basis, it may be because oral bacteria are running rampant in your mouth. The same oral bacteria that lead to a number of oral health problems release strong odors as they feed on sugars and thus multiply.

· Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of chronic bad breath. As oral bacteria take root in your oral tissues you’ll start to notice that it becomes difficult to freshen your breath. You may notice that you have a persistent bad taste in your mouth as well.

· A severe dental cavity can also result in bad breath. Once your dentist removes the infected dental material and restores your tooth, you’ll find it is much easier to avoid bad breath day to day.

Our Saint Louis dentists are here to give you any additional information that you may need about how to care for your smile and battle bad breath. Give our office a call to schedule your personal consultation!

Sometimes we suffer from accidents or dental trauma that radically damage our smiles in a short period of time. More frequently, however, dental damage accumulates and compounds over time; we may not notice that our teeth are subtly changing until the damage has become severe.

Today our Saint Louis dentists are sharing some tips and suggestions on how to care for your smile and minimize your risk of dealing with dental damage in the future. Let’s get started.

The number one thing you can do is to follow all of your dentist’s recommendations regarding at-home and in-office dental care. Plaque and tartar will wreak havoc on your smile if left unchecked.

Next, you want to make sure that you are staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water every day. When you are well-hydrated, your body is able to produce enough of saliva, and saliva is your body’s natural way of combating bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel. In the same vein, seek treatment for dry mouth if necessary, as chronic dry mouth increases your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

Here’s a quick tip: try getting into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after you eat or drink anything other than water. Not only does rinsing your mouth jump-start saliva production, it also helps to clear away the dental debris and food particles on which oral bacteria feed.

When you do get something stuck between your teeth—it happens to all of us—do not use sharp wooden or metal instruments to pick at your smile. Rather, clean between your teeth using gentle and effective floss. Picking at your smile can damage your oral tissues and cause micro-cracks in your enamel.

Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to provide you with any additional information and guidance that you may need. You can always call our office to speak to a member of our staff, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit a question and we’ll be happy to get back to you.

Our Saint Louis dentists hear many questions from concerned dental patients about whether or not it is important to use mouthwash or mouth rinses. As with most thing in dentistry, the answer depends on your unique situation: the state of your smile and your oral health goals. Today we are reviewing some helpful information about incorporating rinses into your daily oral hygiene routine.

When it comes to rinsing your smile, there is one habit that can benefit pretty much every dental patient. If you find that you are struggling to maintain a fresh and clean mouth throughout the day, try to start rinsing your mouth with water after you eat and/or drink something other than water. Just take a moment to vigorously swish clean water around your mouth so as to dislodge dental debris and promote saliva production.

If you are looking for a specially-formulated mouth rinse, talk to your dental team about what kinds of ingredients are appropriate for your smile. Some mouthwashes, for example, contain fluoride, which helps enamel re-mineralize and stay strong. Another consideration is whether or not to use a mouth rinse that contains alcohol; alcohol helps to freshen your mouth, but some patients find it drying. There are also mouth rinses that have ant-plaque and oxidizing properties.

In general, the best time to use a mouthwash is as the final step in your oral hygiene routine. First you floss, then you brush, and then you use a mouthwash to rinse away any debris and coat your mouth with any oral-health-enhancing ingredients.

If you have questions about adding a mouth rinse into your daily oral hygiene routine, you can always contact our Saint Louis dentists to get more information and schedule a consultation. Together we can help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for years to come!

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