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If your smile looks nice but smells bad, you may be embarrassed to flash those pearly whites around other people. This can put a damper on the upcoming fall socializing and festivities. To keep your smile fresh, our David A. Browne, DDS, PC team in McHenry, Illinois, has some tips to help you overcome three causes of bad breath. Let’s take a look!

Tonsil Stones: The tonsil can manufacture tiny “stones” out of the bacteria and mucus in the mouth. These stones resemble cheese and smell really, really, bad. To keep this from happening, keep your mouth as clean as possible by brushing and flossing any oral debris every single day. If you have these stones, you can “flush” them out using a water flosser, your toothbrush or cotton swab. It can also help to gargle daily with warm salt water to remove bacteria and mucus out of tonsil pockets.

Oral Bacteria: Millions of bacteria live in the mouth, and build up in a sticky film (plaque) that coats your teeth and tongue. This colonization gives off unpleasant odors in the process. To prevent this, brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, and clean your tongue as well. You can brush from back to front to loosen this coating, or even use a tongue scraper. Remember to floss every day between teeth to remove bacteria, including along the gumline, and rinse thoroughly when you are done.

Tummy Troubles: Do you have a problem with ulcers or acid reflux? Intestinal tract issues can cause foul smells when you burp. You can counter this by taking over-the-counter medicines such as antacids or acid blockers. You can also take probiotics or eat yogurt to help the good bacteria in the gut flourish and prevent burping.

Keeping your oral health in top form and your smile fresh go hand in hand. If you would like to know more about how to keep your breath fresh, give our team a call at 815-344-6811. We are also happy to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. David A. Browne.