Dr. Erik Svans offers tips to help prevent bad breath.
There’s nothing more embarrassing than being that person in the office with bad breath.
So I am going to give you some tips here on what I think will really help you out as far as not being that person there in the office.
Number one, it’s the toothbrush, kind of the obvious solution there. I would, number one, recommend brushing twice-a-day – two minutes each time, make sure you are getting all way to the back getting those teeth in the back, making sure you are brushing your tongue. Your tongue can actually be the number one source of bad breath.
Number two, flossing. Flossing actually cleans 40 percent of the tooth and the toothbrush only cleans 60 percent of it.
So there’s a huge portion of the tooth that you are missing without floss. So flossing once a day is what I recommend.
The other thing you can do is you can incorporate in a mouth rinse. I don’t recommend any that have the alcohol in them because the alcohol can actually burn.
You can dilute those and it’s kinder to the tissues but I recommend ones more along the lines of the one that I use.
The one that I use is called Crest Pro Health. It doesn’t have any alcohol in it. It has a nice taste to it and you will really notice that you are getting some improvement with your breath without that burn that you are getting with other types.
From there I could also recommend some things that not every person is really going to think of when it comes to your mouth because it’s not just your mouth, it can be your whole digestive system that’s giving you this bad breath.
One thing is definitely important is to stay hydrated. Here in the Valley most people are walking around dehydrated.
What that means is that your mouth is dry. When your mouth is dry that bacteria is actually drying on the tooth and when that’s happening it’s creating an odor.
And that odor is what’s causing bad breath many times. And like I said before, it’s also in your tongue. So when your tongue is dry as well it’s even worse.
So I can really, really recommend staying hydrated. It’s kind of an out-of-the-dental-field question or answer to that question, but it really makes a difference.
About Dr. Svans:
Dr. Erik Svans, D.D.S., is a 1997 graduate of the University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), American Dental Association (ADA), Arizona Dental Association (AZDA), Dental organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) and a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and affiliated with the International College of Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Svans specializes in Smile Design and Reconstruction, Dental Implants CEREC, Laser Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Invisalign, and Dental Technology Advancements.