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There are a few different causes for bad breath. It
ranges from stomach problems to diets and teeth problems. Most of the causes can
be found in the mouth, they are:
1- Tongue (when bacteria grows in between the
papilla) 2- Teeth cavities (especially when
food particles get stuck in them) 3- Gum diseases 4-
Extraction sites during healing 5- Dentures when not
cleaned properly 6-Alcohol and tobacco
If you or someone you know is concerned about bad
breath, the first step is a dental check up. Your
dentist will be able to confirm or rule out teeth or
mouth as the source of bad breath.
When the reason is found, treatment will be
explained by your dentist. If the source
of the bad breath is your mouth there is little
chance that mouth washes or mints can treat the
problem. They usually mask the problem for a short
period of time. They can even sometimes make the
situation worse (mouthwashes that contain alcohol
cause dry mouth and that usually makes the bad
These are a few other, non-dental reasons that cause
1- Sore throat 2- Tonsillitis 3- Some foods 4-
Infection of air passages.
Following a good oral hygiene routine and getting
regular check ups with your dentist are best ways of
preventing bad breath.
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Sugar is the main cause of dental decay when there
is bacteria present. More important than the amount of sugar you take is the
frequency of it.
Probably the worst thing you can do to your teeth is
to hold a soda and have a sip every few minutes
during a long period of time; the same is true for
snacking. It is recommended that if you want to have
a snack or a soda or juice it is better to have it
after food, as dessert or have it in one sitting.
Eating or drinking something sweet during a long
period of time creates a constant supply of sugar
for bacteria that cause tooth decay!
It is important to know all the sources of sugar. It
is not just everything that is sweet but anything
that can turn to sugar like pieces of bread. Cutting
down your sugar intake is good for cavity prevention
as well as general health.
When you have to have sugar! The best way to prevent
cavities is to prevent the sugar from staying next
to your teeth. Brushing after eating sugar, rinsing
your mouth with Fluoride mouth wash or chewing
sugarless gum can help. But nothing has the effect
of avoiding sugar!
Is there any kind of food that prevents tooth decay?
Well, not really. Some people believed that chewing
foods like apple and carrots may have some plaque
removal effect, but they still contain some sugar so
any advantage of them is not clear.
Another group of food that causes significant damage
to teeth structure is acidic foods. Things like
lime, lemon and grapefruit, if in frequent contact
with teeth, can cause serious irreversible damage
(erosion) to your teeth.
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Many years ago scientists started to notice that
children who were born and raised in areas with natural fluoride in drinking
water had less cavities than children in other areas.
Fluoride that is absorbed by your body when teeth
were forming (during mother
s pregnancy to early childhood) integrates into the
structure of enamel and makes it stronger.
After teeth eruption fluoride that is inside your
toothpaste or mouthwash, or what your dentist places
on your teeth still have a positive effect on your
teeth. It strengthens the enamel and reduces the
chance of tooth decay.
If you have children and live in an area that has no
Fluoride in its drinking water you should consult
your dentist and physician about Fluoride tablets
that are available for children.
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