Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue
1419 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Top 3 ways to decrease your chances of bad breath

Top-3-ways-to-decrease-your-chances-of-bad-breath

 

When you really get down to it, there are few social situations that are more awkward than knowing you have bad breath. Whether you’re talking with your co-workers in the morning or out on a date, bad breath can sometimes reflect negatively on you and could affect your confidence in a variety of ways. Thankfully, there are ways that you can improve your dental health regimen and pinpoint the source of your bad breath. With a few simple changes in your oral care routine, you’ll have one less thing to worry about in your day to day life!

Tongue brushing
According to OralWellness.com, 90 percent of bacteria that leads to bad breath is located on the tongue, so if this isn’t normally a part of your brushing routine, it should be. Brushing the tongue or even investing in a tongue scraper can remove the vast majority of bacteria and lingering food particles that can contribute to smelly breath. Additionally, finishing with an antiseptic mouthwash can eliminate any bacteria that may be present after brushing.

Regular flossing
In addition to paying close attention to your tongue during your oral care regimen, regularly flossing can also make a major difference in preventing bad breath. According to DiscoveryHealth.com, the gaps between your teeth also harbor bacteria and food particles, as well as other particles that are trapped closer to the gum line that can contribute to smelly breath. Flossing at least once a day is a logical step in preventing bad breath and improving your dental hygiene overall.

Stay hydrated
We’ve all woken up with awful morning breath before, and getting rid of it can be a major chore. However, morning breath is made worse by a lack of proper hydration, which is why many dentists suggest bringing a glass of water to bed each night. The presence of saliva can help to inhibit bacterial growth, and it contains natural antibacterial properties that can help remove the lingering scents of food and other particulates that could be present in the mouth.

Visit the doctor
If your bad breath persists after all of these changes, there may be an underlying health issue that could be the source of the problem. This is a subject that can come up during a regular physical, so don’t hesitate to talk to one of our South Philadelphia dentists about the issue if it continues.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Office staff is very friendly
Naeem S.
I have nothing bad to say about this place. Everyone was friendly and I felt completely comfortable. Haven’t gone to the dentist in awhile and the worse part was just the anticipation of […]
Similarity T.
Doctor was great.
Ralph D.
I received very good customer service etc
Louise W.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
James M.
Excellent service
Tunisia D.
My experience was wonderful.
Angela S.
The wait was short, the staff very polite! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they know what they are talking about when you ask question. Very refreshing and informative staff.
Zaakirah H.
Very professional and nice staff. They truly cared about my root canal situation and resolved it in no time!! See you in 6 months!! Thanks!!!
Rob S.
Excellent service,everyone very pleasant as well
Zenzi A.
Visit went well. Hygienist was nice and fast. The dentist was also nice.
Katrina T.
The service is great
Piper G.
The staff is friendly and courteous. The service is outstanding.
Daniel B.
The dentist and dental technicians were awesome. I have severe gag reflex when doing dental x rays. the dental technician applied a topical solution to help with the x rays. I also am asthmatic and […]
Kathleen S.
Your dental hygienists Ms. Ivy is absolutely wonderful. The front desk staff is awesome. They always make my appointments a great experience.
Stacey W.
I went to get a root canal scared as ever it didn’t take long, painless and I like the fact that the dentist hid the needle from me.
Zahiyah B.
Like the dentist, explains everything and the assistants are knowledgeable and pleasant.
Viola R.
Love the service
De'noire B.
Very professional no long wait & procedures are very timely
Rhonye B.
Solved my concerns and were clear with answering all my questions
Anjali R.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (215) 310-5817
Our Location