Prevention of bad odour

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Dr. Sanjay Kalra

Posted By : Dr. Sanjay Kalra - BDS, MDS, PCAD, FPFA, FICD, FICCDE (USA)

Posted On : Sep 28, 2010 (Views : 4950)

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Bacterial plaque is the causative factor in mouth odor, gingivitis and periodontal disease.  Plaque is a sticky biofilm that must be removed mechanically.  It will not rinse off even with the pressure water irrigator and only succumbs to mechanical removal.  Ninety percent of the dental problems come from 10% of the area where the brush does not reach.  It is essential to use tools that get between the teeth and under the gum tissue to remove bacterial plaque.  Bacterial plaque is the “seed in the soil” that cause the “crop” and if removed daily, wellness can be maintained.  Dental floss is one of the best ways to get between the tooth and the gum and around the tooth and therefore comes the phrase only floss the teeth you want to keep.


The following instructions give a sequence.  The bactericidal paste with chlorine dioxide in it is wonderful maintenance toothpaste, but if used in a syringe and squirted under pressure around the gum line and between the teeth prior to flossing; the floss will take the paste between the teeth and under the gum to remove the plaque.  It will kill the bacteria that are in the sulcus between the tooth and the tissue. In the healthy mouth, this thoroughness if repeated twice or three times a week will produce a remarkable result.  Regular flossing and brushing must be done on a morning and evening basis during the week,  A through deplaquing and polishing with a tooth brush after flossing is important at least  three times a week. 


The tongue is like a carpet and contains a lot of sticky protein and bacterial organisms and debris.  If the tongue is thoroughly scraped with a spoon turned upside down, or a tongue scraper (and/or the dental mirror) after brushing and flossing, with a paste still in the mouth, through oral rinsing will remove all the loosened debris from around the teeth, gums and tongue and also remove the salivary proteins that are sticking to the tissues throughout the mouth. After this through removal of the sticky saliva, the final act of keeping the mouth healthy is to rinse, vigorously and noisily, for 45 seconds. This experience will produce a remarkable healthy, fresh mouth and the peace of mind of knowing hat there will be no mouth odor.


Hopefully this will be a helpful reminder that if there’s no seed in the soil, there’s no crop and the mouth will stay well instead of having to get well.  The dentist and the hygienist cannot overcome what the person will not do for him/herself  on a daily basis, so keep the faith and stay well.  The following are the tips to keep ourselves healthy and our breath refreshing :


Be sure you are healthy : Allergies, sinus trouble, gastro esophageal reflus, cavities and gum disease can cause bad breath, so see your doctor or dentist.


Work on hygiene : Brush your teeth twice a day and after meals.  Remember, you are not done until you have brushed your tongue.  Tiny food particles in taste buds are an all-you-can-eat buffet for bacteria.  Next, floss daily.  Don’t believe flossing works ?  Grab floss and get to work in the bathroom.  Now smell the floss.  That foul is what other smell on your breath. 


Keep your mouth moist :

Saliva washes bacteria and debris down the food pipe.  To keep saliva forming , try mints or gum.  There’s evidence that breath-freshening cinnamon and plant oils in gum kill bad breath bacteria.  And drink lots of water-slosh it inside your mouth before swallowing. 


Skip stinky food:

As pungent foods move through the body,  they are given off in the breath : brushing won’t stop it.


Get a good mouth wash :

Most work like mints after an Italian meal-they just cover odor-but a few mouthwashes are antiseptic.  Your dentist can point you toward a good brand.

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