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A beautiful, confident smile means having a smile you aren’t afraid to flash. To keep your fresh in tip-top condition, our North Pointe Dental Care team in Naperville, Illinois, would like to review three things that can be causing your breath to smell bad, and what you can do about it.

#1 Bacteria: oral bacteria that builds up in your mouth hide between your pearly whites and coat your tongue. As they colonize they give off smelly odors. To solve this problem, you want to stay on top of your oral hygiene routine. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes. Don’t forget to clean your tongue; brush from back to front or use a tongue scraper designed for the job. Be sure to floss at least once a day to capture the bacteria between teeth and along the gumline area and rinse well.

#2 Tonsils: Did you know that your tonsils can secrete tiny “stones” made of bacteria and mucus? They look like little bits of cheese and smell nasty. They also taste bad too. To lower the amount of oral debris that can collect in your tonsil pockets, keep your mouth as clean as possible by brushing and flossing oral debris. You can also flush the stones out using a water flosser, cotton swab, or your toothbrush. To keep them from forming, you can gargle with warm salt water which effectively keeps bacteria and mucus out.

#3 Stomach: If you have intestinal problems like an ulcer or acid reflux, you might be burping up foul smells. Avoid this by taking over-the-counter medicines like antacids or acid blockers. This can help prevent acid in the stomach, and you can even take probiotics or consume yogurt to help your good tummy bacteria flourish. This can help your breath smell better as you are not burping unpleasant odors.

And there you have it! We hope these three tips will help keep your breath smelling pleasant all year round. If you have questions, concerns, or want to schedule a dental checkup with our dentist, Dr. Jason Brown, please call 630-245-0200 today!