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Combating Bad Breath – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, reveals best way to combat bad breath - and most people are reaching for the wrong thing.  If you think mouthwash and sprays do the trick, think again - there are other measures you need to take.project1

Unless you exist on a diet of mouthwash and chewing gum (which, by the way, we do NOT recommend), there have probably been occasions when your breath has not been as minty fresh as it could be.  Perhaps it was that ill-advised last cup of coffee . Or maybe you were a little liberal when cooking with the garlic - and who could blame you?  The point is, at some point most of us have suffered bad breath paranoia.

But if your halitosis is a bit more of a persistent issue, then that can be problematic - and reaching for that mouthwash isn't a long term solution.   There are, however, a few simple changes that you can make.  According to Dr. Johnson, “this is the most effective way to incorporate good oral hygiene into everyday life, and beat that bad breath.

1. Don't just brush your teeth - brush your tongue tooproject2

We're all familiar with the importance of brushing our teeth, but if you suffer from bad breath, your tongue may be contributing to this.  "Bacteria accumulates in the back surface of your tongue and can also cause a strong odor."

2. Be sure to drink a lot of waterproject3

"When your mouth becomes more dry you have less saliva and when you have less saliva food and bacteria tends to sit in your mouth for a much longer period of time.  Staying hydrated can help with all that smelly bacteria.  "But also remember there are other things beyond just being thirsty which can make your mouth dry.  "For example, coffee, alcohol, smoking and even some medication can cause a dry mouth."

3. ALWAYS brush your teeth after eatingproject4

If you think your twice daily regime is cutting it, then think again.  "If food remains on your teeth because you don't brush and you don't floss, that food just sits in your mouth and is degraded by bacteria and you can just IMAGINE the odor that gives off.  This especially applies before you go to bed.  "When food just sits in your mouth in the morning, your bad breath will be far stronger than you imagined."

And... "If you find your breath is strong no matter what you do, if you find you're constantly having to use mouth wash which really just camouflages bad odor you may have something else going on than poor hygiene..  "In that instance it's really important to see your dentist." 14-10-ryne-acp-headshot-2 Often, bleeding gums and bad breath can be an indicator of periodontal disease that can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

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…All About Bad Breath

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist & managing partner, at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners would like you to know all about BAD BREATH.  Project1 Here’s a good video to copy and paste on to your browser: What Causes Bad Breath? There are a number of reasons you might have dragon breath. While many causes are harmless, bad breath can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. Bacteria Bad breath can happen anytime thanks to the hundreds of types of bad breath-causing bacteria that naturally lives in your mouth. Your mouth also acts like a natural hothouse that allows these bacteria to grow. When you eat, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leaves a foul-smelling waste product behind. Dry Mouth Feeling parched? Your mouth might not be making enough saliva. Saliva is important because it works around the clock to wash out your mouth. If you don’t have enough, your mouth isn’t being cleaned as much as it should be. Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems or by simply breathing through your mouth. Gum Disease Bad breath that just won’t go away or a constant bad taste in your mouth can be a warning sign of advanced gum disease, which is caused by a sticky, cavity-causing bacteria called plaque. Food Garlic, onions, coffee… The list of breath-offending foods is long, and what you eat affects the air you exhale. Smoking and Tobacco Smoking stains your teeth, gives you bad breath and puts you at risk for a host of health problems. Tobacco reduces your ability to taste foods and irritates gum tissues. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Since smoking also affects your sense of smell, smokers may not be aware of how their breath smells. Medical Conditions Mouth infections can cause bad breath. However, if your dentist has ruled out other causes and you brush and floss every day, your bad breath could be the result of another problem, such as a sinus condition, gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease. In this case, see your healthcare provider. How Can I Keep Bad Breath Away? Brush and Floss Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily with floss to get rid of all that bacteria that’s causing your bad breath. Take Care of Your Tongue Don’t forget about your tongue when you’re taking care of your teeth. If you stick out your tongue and look way back, you’ll see a white or brown coating. That’s where most of bad breath bacteria can be found. Use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clear them out. Mouthwash Over-the-counter mouthwashes can help kill bacteria or neutralize and temporarily mask bad breath. It’s only a temporary solution, however. The longer you wait to brush and floss away food in your mouth, the more likely your breath will offend. Clean Your Dentures If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night, and clean them thoroughly before using them again the next morning. Keep That Saliva Flowing To get more saliva moving in your mouth, try eating healthy foods that require a lot of chewing, like carrots or apples. You can also try chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candies. Your dentist may also recommend artificial saliva. Quit Smoking Giving up this dangerous habit is good for your body in many ways. Not only will you have better breath, you’ll have a better quality of life. Visit Your Dentist Regularly If you’re concerned about what’s causing your bad breath, make an appointment to see your dentist. Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any problems such as gum disease or dry mouth and stop them before they become more serious. If your dentist determines your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your primary care doctor. For other blogs and for updated information about Dr. Johnson, visit: or contact us.   Original article at

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Bad Breath? 10 Ways to Fix it.

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners finds that, “While good oral hygiene and fresh breath are important for everyone, a recent study shows that for couples, it matters a lot. In fact, 60 percent of U.S. adults with partners say that their partner's oral health — the state of their teeth, gums and breath — plays a big role in their level of intimacy”. Project1 While for some folks, chronic bad breath is a symptom of a larger health problem, the rest of us who simply experience a little morning dragon breath, or the occasional post-dinner stinkiness, can usually freshen things up pretty quickly. Of course, there are scores of commercially available toothpastes, mouthwashes and dental floss we can use to keep our teeth, gums, and tongues in tip-top shape. But there are a number of other ways to make our mouths smell nice. Here are 10 ways to improve your oral health and lessen your bad breath: 1. Brush and floss correctly. For starters, make sure you're nailing the basics of brushing and flossing. You don't want bacteria, or worse, plaque and tartar in your mouth. "We tell our patients to brush two or three times a day, with a thorough brushing and flossing at least once, but preferably twice a day," says Dr. Johnson. Though he says recommendations for each patient differ, he tells most to use a soft, ADA-approved toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.  Mechanical brushes (Oral B or Sonicare) are good options for many people. Flossing, too, is crucial.  Dr. Johnson, quips, “Only floss the teeth you wish to keep”. "A toothbrush will cover all the areas around the teeth except for where the teeth actually contact each other so you have to floss in between to break up the plaque and food debris, which can cause bad breath.   2. Use a tongue scraper. You should scrape your tongue every day. Tongue scrapers play a role in eliminating plaque and food debris, Wall says, and can be found in most drug stores and health food stores.   3. See your dentist twice a year. Keep up with dental cleanings and be sure to get annual X-rays of your teeth. "Bad breath can be caused by gum disease, cavities, root absorptions, and lots of other conditions that are found in the mouth," says Dr. Johnson. "There's no way to know what's going on in there unless a professional looks in your mouth and takes X-rays."   4. Drink more water. A number of the culprits that cause bad breath can be dealt with by simply bumping up your water intake, says Dr. Gigi Meinecke, spokesperson of the Academy of General Dentistry. One is acid-reflux, which a 2012 Tufts University study suggests can be alleviated by drinking more water. Another is post-nasal drip, says Meinecke, which she says is a more common cause of halitosis than most people know. Increasing water, she says, helps loosen up secretions in the back of the throat, thereby freshening up the area. A dry mouth also contributes to bad breath. Dry mouth happens when there isn't enough saliva in the mouth. It's why we get morning breath. It's especially common in people who take certain medications. "There are over 400 prescription and over-the-counter medications that list dry mouth as a side effect," says Meinecke. Drinking more water moistens the mouth and helps things run smoothly.   5. Eat more crunchy, raw foods. "Crunchy vegetables have a low-water content, so if you're eating them, you have to produce more saliva in order to get it down your throat," says Meinecke. "Increasing saliva in your mouth and having more salivary flow is good."   6. Consider a saltwater gargle. Meinecke says gargling with saltwater could benefit anyone who has crypts, or pockets, in their tonsil area. "Those crypts get junk in them and they get schtunky," says Meinecke. Gargling with saltwater could help dislodge anything that's become stuck, she says. But don't go overboard with the salt.  Use one teaspoon of salt in six ounces of water.   7. Chew gum. Chewing sugarless gum can help freshen breath and not only because gum comes in fresh minty flavors. "Chewing gum increases salivary production," Meinecke says, which moistens the mouth.   8. Be mindful of stinky foods. Onions, garlic, spicy dishes — even coffee — all have smells that linger in our mouths up to 72 hours after we ingest them, experts say. If you're going to partake, just know your mouth may let others know you have.   9. Don't smoke! There's a reason they call it "smoker's breath." That nasty sour smell is partly from smoke particles that get stuck in the mouth, throat, and lungs after smoking cigarettes. The smell of just one cigarette can linger in your lungs for hours. Additionally, chemicals found in tobacco add to the stink. As if that's not enough, tobacco also dries out the mouth, which contributes to the unpleasantness.   Original article found on Today

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