When Bad Breath Terrifies: 4 Tips

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“My neighbor’s bad breath is scaring me.”

Do you live in Arlington or nearby? Bad breath isn’t just a problem for careful brushers in Fort Worth, Cook’s Meadow, or Mansfield. Your neighbors in Bentley Village can spend all day brushing their teeth and still come out with bad breath.

But why?

I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff with Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, in business since 1990. My specialty is family dentistry. We also perform restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry regularly. As a favor to Arlington, I’d like to take a few minutes to share with you some insight about bad breath and give your neighbors some places to start in improving or removing the offending odor.

Brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Bacteria can grow and stink from hidden, floss-only locations. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth, and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Also, the food your neighbors are eating can affect the air they’re releasing. Onions, garlic, and coffee are likely to show up on the breath no matter how much time is logged brushing.

Illness, infection, and allergies can all cause salivation issues which in turn upset the control of bacteria in the mouth. Diabetes, kidney failure, radiation therapy, liver malfunction, dry mouth, or even postnasal drip can cause an odor.

Finally, dentures or a removable appliance may also carry bacteria and need to be cleaned and freshened up on a regular basis. Bacteria balance in the mouth is ever changing.

1. Brush and floss the teeth, and brush the tongue, gums, and sides of mouth.
2. Enjoy onions and garlic a little less.
3. Stay on top of health issues.
4. Keep dentures clean.

This last one is for you:

Again, I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff. My practice is located at 909 W Mitchell St, Arlington, Texas, 76013. We offer porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and dentures, just to name a few of our fabulous dental services.

Your Arlington & Fort Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentist

Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas 76013