Spring Cleaning For Your Mouth!
Unlock the potential in all your favorite food and drink flavors. Read on to find out how good oral habits are the key!
The ability to enjoy our favorite tastes: salt, sweet, sour, bitter, and savory (or umami) relies heavily on our sense of smell. Enter, bad breath…!
Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, is not just stinky, but it may be preventing you from experiencing life to the fullest. Some of us don’t even recognize that we have it. Gradually, we develop a tolerance to our own odors, which means over time the smell becomes less and less noticeable to ourselves. You may recognize this “nose-blindness” when you enter your home after being away and notice your home smell. In a matter of minutes, you don’t smell anything anymore. Even if you aren’t noticing your bad breath anymore, it’s still there, you’ve just become accustomed to the smell.
Causes of Halitosis
- Poor oral health habits
- Gum disease
- Dry mouth
- Plaque build-up
PROTIP: You’ve heard it a million times, but one of the best ways to combat bad breath is to brush at least twice a day, floss at least once, and use a mouthwash. Doing this doesn’t mean you can skip the dentist! These habits help to remove food and debris after eating a drinking. Regular dental visits are important for deep cleanings, getting the areas, a toothbrush and floss can’t reach.
There are 10,000 tastebuds spread out over your mouth, tongue, gums, and throat. Food debris leftover in your mouth causes plaque to build on your teeth and leaves a film on your tongue that bacteria eat. This not only produces bad breath, but also dulls your ability to taste.
Oral plaque build-up is no joke and can lead to tonsil infections, periodontal disease, and other chronic issues.
PROTIP: Brushing your teeth is important, but don’t forget to brush your tongue too! Fully brushing the entire inside of your mouth will help keep plaque at bay and your food tasting like it was meant to.
So now that we know why are friends are raving about the delicate and subtle flavors of the spring pasta dish, but we’re not “getting it”, we can do something about it. Paying more attention to good oral habits, plus regular cleanings at All Bright Dental are key to breath that won’t offend your friends and a whole new world of taste and flavor!
Come in to All Bright Dental for your oral spring cleaning!