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How Can I have Fresher Breath?

Posted on 7/20/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
A woman suffering from bad breath!Having a clean and fresh smelling mouth is important to everyone. Whether making a first impression, talking to a co-worker, or engaging with those we love, we do not want to worry about the way our breath smells. Taking a few simple steps in your daily oral hygiene routine can vastly decrease the bad smelly bacteria in your mouth and improve the taste and smell of your breath.

Why does our breath smell?

Bad breath, or halitosis, affects a large population of Americans. Smelly, or stinky breath come from odor producing bacteria on our tongues and in our mouth. Our mouths are constantly exposed to bacteria. We accumulate bacteria from eating, drinking, speaking, and even kissing. If debris from food, or other odor causing bacteria is allowed to remain on our teeth or tongue, it will begin to rot and create a foul odor.

How can I fix smelly breath?

You can significantly improve the smell and freshness of your breath with a few simple steps.

•  Brush your teeth twice a day. Throughout your day, your mouth naturally creates a biofilm called plaque. Plaque is a gummy material that is created from saliva and food debris. It settles on your teeth and is filled with bacteria. If left in place, it can have a strong, rotting smell.
•  When brushing, be sure to floss. Flossing is generally not most patients preferred activity, but it can be vital to the health of your teeth. Flossing removes food that has become stuck between your teeth, and any plaque that has rested between your teeth. Flossing will help remove odor causing debris and material.
•  Following brushing, use mouthwash. Mouthwash is designed to kill bacteria, leaving you with less bacteria and a cleaner mouth.
•  Finally, to have a cleaner mouth, we want our patients to schedule dental cleanings twice a year. This appointment will improve your breath because our hygienist will remove bacteria filled tartar, calculus, and any debris that has been left between your teeth. At your dental cleaning, we can also determine the health of your gums, which can be infected with what is known as gum disease, gum disease has many associated problems including foul breath.

Please contact us if you have any questions about bad breath.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

Fax: (270) 408-1323


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