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Be Ready For the Mistletoe With These Breath-Boosting Tips

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The holiday season is upon us! And with it, a host of office Christmas parties, invitations to dinners, white elephant exchanges with your friends, and ugly sweater get-togethers.

Mistletoe can be hiding in the eaves of any social gathering, so it is a great time of year to ensure your breath is fresh, whether you want to be ready for a quick peck under the mistletoe with your crush, or a long smooch with your spouse. Use these dental hygiene and better breath tips as part of your holiday-ready routine!


The Quick-Fix Options

Carrying a small travel (or even disposable) toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste is a great option, especially if you’re planning on going straight to a holiday get-together right after a long day of work or school. Even if you forget the paste, brushing with just water can offer a little bit of help to reduce the microbes collecting in your mouth after meals.

Flossing with a mint flavored dental floss helps remove food particles from your recent meal. Flossing on the go can be made more realistic with products such as disposable floss picks.

Gargle with an anti-bacterial mouthwash for 20-30 seconds. Many mouthwashes come in small travel-sized bottles that will fit in your pocket, purse, car or desk. This will help fight bacteria in the mouth that contribute to bad breath and give you an instant odor freshener (1).

Chew on a stick of sugar-free or natural gum. Since dry mouth can lead to bad breath, and gum stimulates saliva production, gum is a helpful choice. As an added bonus, gum can remove some of the food particles left in small gaps in your teeth. Find a nice peppermint flavor for an instant odor cover-up (1).

Chew on a sprig of mint. This herb doesn’t clean your teeth, but will offer a strong minty smell to cover up bad breath temporarily. Just be sure to check the mirror for any stray remnants of the green leaf before heading into the party.

Chew on nuts. This option works well if you are already at the party, and have none of the other options available to you. Nuts have a strong aroma. Additionally, the abrasive texture of nuts will help remove residue or food particles from the teeth, tongue and gums (2).

Order your water with lemon or lime. This acidic, citrusy combination is a powerful tool against bad breath. The moisture of the water keeps your mouth from getting too dry, which helps minimize odor. The acidity of the citrus fruit combats bacteria and masks the odor with its fresh flavor (1).

The Long Term Story: How to Prevent Breath Issues

Once the party is over, it is important you take a step back and find out the underlying cause of your bad breath. Was it just a garlic-laden lunch? Or is the halitosis (bad breath) something you deal with regularly? It could be your oral hygiene habits need a tune-up, or something more serious at play.

Proper dental hygiene habits, such as consistently using floss, mouthwash, and brushing regularly are your best defense against bad breath. These daily habits serve to keep bacteria, food particles and inflammation to a minimum. Ensuring you stick to a regular dental checkup schedule will help keep teeth clean and serve to catch any underlying problems as early as possible, or before they become a big problem.

Staying hydrated is also important to prevent dry mouth induced bad breath. Drinking hot tea after a meal helps to remove food particles, and also contains polyphenols which discourage the growth of bad breath causing bacteria.

However, if bad breath is already a frequent problem, call us to schedule an examination. Chronically foul smelling breath can be a sign of gingivitis, periodontitis, plaque buildup, infections, cavities, gastritis, or poor brushing habits. It is imperative that you consult with Dr. Hagen to discover and eliminate the offender before it affects your long term health.


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Why Is It Called “Morning Breath?”

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Have you ever heard of “morning breath?” Ever wonder why it has that name—or why you yourself have experienced it?!

Well, first off, maybe because the medical term for bad breath is “halitosis!”

Bad breath—or halitosis if you prefer—happens for a number of reasons. First, as you probably know, we can get bad breath simply from an unclean mouth that simply needs a good brushing and flossing…

Other reasons for bad breath include:

  • Lifestyle. For example, smoking or chewing tobacco take away from your ability to have fresh breath!
  • Diet: think strong foods, like peppers, onionor garlic—all of which make it important to floss and brush after eating! Also drinks that leave a smelly odor or even coffee can lead to halitosis.
  • Medical conditions, including problems with postnasal drip or conditions that lead to an increased amount of bacteria in the mouth, have been shown to be the third cause of bad breath. Also medications that lead to dry mouth can also increase the problem.

Do any of these sound familiar to you? Talking to your dentist can help you identify where your problem might be!

Part of the reason consistency is so important when it comes to your oral health is a regular brushing and flossing will help prevent the plaque on your teeth that lead to bad breath…another way of looking at this is that just one good brush and flossing won’t always do the trick for your bad breath. Instead, it’s about consistently taking care of teeth and gums so that plaque doesn’t build up!

This is also why many people will use tongue scrapers, which help remove bacteria and other food that your toothbrush isn’t as effective at removing! Or perhaps you’ve even used mouthwash…

Now that we know some of the underlying causes of bad breath—why is it called morning breath, anyway?

There are millions of bacteria that live in your mouth—and when the mouth is dry, they thrive. And, as you sleep, your saliva is less able to wash away these bacteria. So, as your mouth is in one of its driest states, the bacteria create sulfer compounds in your mouth…leaving you in the morning with—well, bad breath!

Altogether, the combination of a dryer-than-normal mouth, and bacteria, can lead to stinky breath when you wake up. Since that breeding ground isn’t something we can easily change, it’s no wonder so many of us have had it at one time or another.

If you feel you’ve been doing your diligence with brushing and flossing, and you still suffer from persistent bad breath, talk to your dentist! It can be an embarrassing issue—but luckily, you can fix it.

Interested in some of the natural ways to treat bad breath? Or just not sure what’s the cause of your long-term bad breath? Come in to Hagen Dental so you can feel great about your smile.  Visit our website here: If you’re already a patient, be sure to “like” us on Facebook.