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1. What do I do with bad breath?

Bad breath could be brought about by a lot of things but mostly a person’s breath is bad because he has poor hygiene and is unable to clean his mouth properly, so there is an accumulation of plaque in the mouth. Bad breath could also be caused by the presence of a tooth decay or dental cavity. The diseased tissue gives off an awful smell and unless the tooth is cleaned, it will give your mouth bad odor. Sometimes, the bad breath could be caused by a medical illness or the constant intake of medications that give off an awful smell or leaves the mouth dry. Bad morning breath is a different case altogether, and almost everyone experiences bad breath when they wake up in the morning. This is because your saliva has remained inactive for a time. Salivary flow cleanses the mouth and when a person is asleep, salivary flow is so much slower.

2. What constitutes a good oral hygiene practice?

Everyone is encouraged to observe good oral hygiene practices. If you want to maintain the health and beauty of your smile, you have to be more diligent with your efforts to take care of your teeth. Brushing is the basic method of caring for your teeth. Ideally, you need to brush your teeth after every meal, but brushing at least twice a day should be enough just as long as you brush thorough, cleaning through all surfaces of your teeth.

Flossing and rinsing with mouthwash is also going to help. Flossing clean in between teeth, reaching areas that are otherwise inaccessible to the bristles of your brush and rinsing medicates your tissues and saliva with ingredients that should support good oral health condition.

3. How often should I visit the dentist for dental cleaning and check up?

Everyone is encouraged to see their dentists at least twice a year or every six months for dental cleaning and check up. You are not supposed to see your dentist only when there is a problem with your teeth. In fact, you should make it a habit to see your dentist on a regular basis so that you can avoid having problems with your teeth.

When you come in for a dental cleaning or check up the dentist will be able to see any problems even before they are full blown. This saves you from more expensive procedures and definitely takes away the need for more invasive procedures. During a routine check-up, dental x-rays can be taken and the condition of the mouth can be assessed, making sure that it is disease-free and healthy.

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