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If you are looking for ideas on how to conquer your bad breath, you’ve come to the right place! Did you know that bad breath is most often caused by bacteria? Here are seven keys to winning the battle against bacteria:

Brush and Floss: Your oral hygiene routine is critical to keeping your teeth and mouth free of bacteria. Brush twice a day and floss every night.

Care for your Tongue: Your tongue harbors a great deal of odor causing bacteria, especially in the back of the mouth. When you are brushing your teeth, brush your tongue as well, or buy a tongue scraper.

Cleanse Your Dentures: If you have dentures, please remove them at night and soak them in a denture solution while you sleep. You can also rinse them quickly after meals.

Try Antiseptic Mouthwash: While cosmetic mouthwash is designed to temporarily freshen your breath, antiseptic mouthwash can actually help kill the bacteria responsible for it. Mouthwash is an excellent supplementary tool to brushing and flossing.

Stimulate Your Salivary Glands: Saliva works on and off the clock to cleanse your mouth. Increase its flow by chewing on carrots, apples, sugar-free gum and even sucking sugar free candy.

Quit Smoking: If you smoke, bad breath is the least of all the evils you may experience. Give it up for a healthier life. We know this can be difficult, but we also know you can do it!

Visit the Dentist: Semiannual checkups with Dr. Paul R. Stanovick can keep your mouth healthy and free of bacteria.

If none of these solutions seem to be working, a visit to Paul R. Stanovick, DDS in Mechanicsville, Virginia can help you determine the source of your halitosis and help you treat it. Call us at 804-781-1919 to make an appointment. We’re eager to see you!