W ith recent emergence of novel virus COVID -19 pandemic, many dental offices across the country are closed down while some are already postponing non emergency dental treatment. Hence, it's more important to keep good oral health home care. HOME CARE FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH Always wash your hands before and after any personal dental care. Brush twice daily with flouride containing toothpaste and medium textured tooth brush. Brush your tongue regularly. Check here Floss a day Eat a well - balanced diet for oral and general health well being. Include detergent food in your diet for cleansing and health oral cavity. Limit frequency of snacking Limit sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices which can be harmful to teeth surfaces. Drink plenty of water Avoid smoking Use of Mouth guard for contact sport

Simple methods to eliminate bad breathe/halitosis/ mouth odor.

Brush and floss regularly:
Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breathe. Trapped food also adds to the problem. Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. If you're concerned about your breath, do both a little more often.

Rinse your mouth:
Mouth wash adds extra protection by eliminating the bacteria causing bad breath and also give a fresh minty taste that may make you feel good. Also, always rinse your mouth out with ordinary water after putting any food in your mouth.

Scrape your tongue:
The coating that normally forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. Gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush or tongue scraper to remove the coats that forms on your tongue because are host for smelly bacteria.

Clean your dentures at least once a day:
Practice the same, proper oral care that you would with your original teeth. 

Eat foods rich in fiber:
High fiber foods like carrot, coconut, cucumber etc. help prevent halitosis, because they serve as natural mouth cleansers. Avoid eating heavily processed foods that contain refined carbohydrates such as cookies, cakes, sweets and ice cream.

Avoid foods that alter your breath:
Food spices like Onions and garlic are big offenders. But brushing after you eat them may not necessary help. Because the substances that cause bad smells make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs and you breathe them out. The best way to stop the problem? Don't eat them, or at least avoid them before you go to work or see friends.

Stop the tobacco habit:
Besides causing cancer, smoking can damage your gums, stain your teeth, and give you bad breath.

Chew sugar less gum:
Gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth's natural defense mechanism against plaque acids, which cause tooth decay and bad breath.

Keep your gums healthy:
Gum disease causes bad breath. Bacteria gather in pockets at the base of teeth, which creates an odor. If you have gum disease, your dentist may suggest you see a periodontist, who specializes in treating it.

Drink water:
Keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water. Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugar-free hard candy. Also try a humidifier at night to moisten the air in your house. 

See your doctor:
If your bad breath continues despite your best efforts, make an appointment with your doctor. Will check to see if your problems are related to a medical condition.

Don’t hesitate to contact me for further clarification, Dr. Odeyemi Kolade Project Smiles32 Senior facilitator 0806-9815-500.


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