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Seven Ways to Conquer Bad Breath

If you are looking for ideas on how to conquer your bad breath, you’ve come to the right place! Did you know that bad breath is most often caused by bacteria? Here are seven keys to winning the battle against bacteria:

Brush and Floss: Your oral hygiene routine is critical to keeping your teeth and mouth free of bacteria. Brush twice a day and floss every night.

Care for your Tongue: Your tongue harbors a great deal of odor causing bacteria, especially in the back of the mouth. When you are brushing your teeth, brush your tongue as well, or buy a tongue scraper.

Cleanse Your Dentures: If you have dentures, please remove them at night and soak them in a denture solution while you sleep. You can also rinse them quickly after meals.

Try Antiseptic Mouthwash: While cosmetic mouthwash is designed to temporarily freshen your breath, antiseptic mouthwash can actually help kill the bacteria responsible for it. Mouthwash is an excellent supplementary tool to brushing and flossing.

Stimulate Your Salivary Glands: Saliva works on and off the clock to cleanse your mouth. Increase its flow by chewing on carrots, apples, sugar-free gum and even sucking sugar free candy.

Quit Smoking: If you smoke, bad breath is the least of all the evils you may experience. Give it up for a healthier life. We know this can be difficult, but we also know you can do it!

Visit the Dentist: Semiannual checkups with Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick can keep your mouth healthy and free of bacteria.

If none of these solutions seem to be working, a visit to Paul R. Stanovick, DDS in Mechanicsville, Virginia can help you determine the source of your halitosis and help you treat it. Call us at 804-781-1919 to make an appointment. We’re eager to see you!

Don’t Forget to Add These Smile Friendly Thanksgiving Foods to the Menu

While you are cooking up a storm this Thanksgiving holiday, Dr. Paul R. Stanovick, Brant Stanovick, and our team in Mechanicsville, Virginia, hope you include some smile-friendly fare on your menu. Most people are familiar with heart-healthy food choices, but smile-friendly food choices are not as well-known, yet both are vital to good health. Following are some smile-friendly choices we hope you include in your family’s bounteous spread.

— Chewing cheddar cheese lowers acid levels in the mouth and stimulates saliva production, both of which promote good oral health. Cheese also has calcium and protein which aids tooth enamel.

— Crunchy foods like apples, raw carrots, and celery can help clean plaque off of your pearly whites. They also contain fiber, which stimulates both the gums and saliva production which help wash away plaque.

— If you want to build tooth enamel, in addition to cheese, eat plenty of leafy greens such as spinach and kale, and almonds, which contain calcium. And meat, eggs, and fish supply the body with phosphorous, which also helps tooth enamel.

— If you have eaten and can’t brush your teeth, chewing sugarless gum helps remove bacteria in the mouth, which prevents plaque from building up on your teeth.

— Drinking milk after consuming sugary foods can help neutralize the acid created by bacteria which forms into plaque.

— Polyphenols, which are compounds found in both black and green teas, slow down bacterial growth that can cause cavities and gum disease. Drinking these teas are also good for fighting bad breath.

As you can see, you can help your family enjoy the holidays while protecting those hard-earned smiles. Remember to brush and floss no matter how busy you are, and keep those twice a year dental cleanings and checkups. To schedule a visit for you or a family member, please call 804-781-1919 today. Dr. Paul R. Stanovick, Brant Stanovick and the rest of our team at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS wish you and yours a healthy Thanksgiving!