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Don’t Let Dry Mouth & Bad Breath Ruin Your Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 13th, 2016

Dry Mouth, Bad BreathDry Mouth = Bad Breath

There are many things that could contribute to a dry mouth, such as how long it has been since you’ve eaten or drank, what you last ate or drank, the amount of physical activity you’ve participated in, or even what time of day it is. Other factors can include medication, systemic diseases, body chemistry, and overall health.

Halitosis affects nearly everyone in the population at some point in their lives and is estimated to be the third leading cause for dental appointments. Dr. Dassani is certainly no stranger to discussing this issue, so don’t be afraid to mention it at your appointment. Bad breath is not a new problem either: there are historical records of bad breath dating all the way back to 1550 BC.

How to Know if You Have Bad Breath

A huge problem with bad breath is simply figuring out whether or not you have it. If you are too scared to ask your dentist or hygienist at our Houston office, you can also check with a trusted friend or family member. If that is still too intimidating, try licking your wrist or scraping the back of your tongue with a plastic spoon, waiting a minute for it to dry and then smelling the results. Keep in mind that self-tests only give approximations and that your breath changes hundreds of times throughout the day.

If you have breath that is extremely foul or persistent, it may be a sign of a serious underlying medical issue. At your appointment our Dassani Dentistry staff will be able to rule out any life-threatening causes and help you discover ways to treat the problem.

So You Have Bad Breath

You have officially figured out that you have bad breath. Now what? The best solution is, as always, to maintain a proper dental hygiene routine, but you can’t brush your teeth all day every day. When you brush your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue, where 80-90% of all bad breath issues reside.

Sipping water is the perfect way to keep your mouth from drying out and it encourages salivary flow as well. Stay away from offending foods such as garlic, onions, fish, and cheese. If you do eat one of these, or find that your breath is suddenly stinky, use a mint, mouthwash, or gum.

If you have any questions about bad breath, or would like to schedule a cleaning with your Houston dentist, Dr. Dassani at Dassani Dentistry, please contact us today!

About Meghna Dassani, DMD

Dr. Meghna Dassani received her initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India, where she graduated in 1996 as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). After working as an associate for one year, she established her own practice in Mumbai, India. She successfully operated this practice for six years prior to moving to the US. When Dr. Meghna Dassani is not in the office she is at home being a mommy to her 2 beautiful girls and enjoying time relaxing with her husband. Since opening her own practice in 2011 she doesn’t have a lot of free time but when the time allows she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and family and of course SHOPPING with a Starbucks in her hand!

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