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Dealing With Bad Breath Princeton, NJ
Dr. Joyce Guojun Ma, DDS, PhD

Bad breath causes uncomfortable and awkward situations for all those involved. If you have ever indulged in a flavorful Italian meal, then you understand how strong bad breath can be. However, for some, bad breath is a constant condition that hinders them socially and professionally. If bad breath is an issue that you are concerned with, it is time to speak with your dentist. Your dentist is an oral health expert and is your greatest advocate in dealing with bad breath at its source.

Practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis is your best first step in dealing with bad breath. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria on any given day, and as these bacteria gather to form plaque they cause a bad scent to your breath. By cleaning the teeth and gum line with daily flossing and brushing, you are helping to remove bacteria-laden plaque and stop bad breath at its source. If you wear any type of oral appliance, it is important that you keep them clean. Dentures, retainers, and aligners are notorious for harboring foul smells due to plaque buildup. Staying hydrated is another way in which you can lessen the impact that bacteria have on your breath. Saliva is necessary for constantly washing away bacteria from the teeth and gums. If you are dehydrated, then your mouth is harboring bacteria instead of rinsing them away.

Lifestyle choices also contribute to bad breath. If you use any type of tobacco products, now is the time to quit. Tobacco not only has its own strong smell, but it is well known for the damage that it does to your oral health. This damage, combined with the strong smell of tobacco, only worsens the scent if your breath. Alcohol works in the same way. Wine and other alcoholic beverages all have their own strong scent, and they leave a residue inside the mouth which causes their scents to linger. An over-use of alcohol can contribute to many oral health problems, and it can make any issues you have with bad breath much worse.

Dietary choices are also known to cause bad breath. Coffee, onions, garlic, and strong cheeses are notorious for leaving the mouth with an unpleasant smell. If you are going to indulge in any of these, it will benefit you greatly if you keep a toothbrush, tooth paste, and some mouthwash on hand.

If you are plagued by bad breath and no lifestyle or dietary changes improve the issue, contact Prime Dental Care today. We are your advocate in achieving oral health.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540

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Elliot V.

Prime Dental care has a great friendly staff. I had a wonderful experience with my hygienist Kate, she was very thorough, professional, and kind! Dr. Ma was informative and did a wonderful job of explaining everything. Would highly recommend Prime Dental Care!

Cody M.

Dr. Ma and her staff are very friendly and super thorough. They take the time to explain every part of the care and are invested in my overall dental health. I would recommend them to everyone!

Aidan L.

I came in for my first appointment with severe pain in my wisdom tooth and they were very helpful from the start. I don’t have insurance, but they have an in-house plan that’s very affordable and can save over $1000 a year and I’m definitely signing up for it. The hygienist was super kind and informative and the dentist was the same. I got here 30 mins early and they started me as soon as I finished my paperwork anyway. Thanks to everyone here for a great experience.

Vikram J.

Maggie was so detailed and perfect at her job. Was happy with the cleaning and the guidance provided to keep by teeth and gums healthy. Would recommend this place to everyone

Yogeswara R.

Dr. Ma and team are wonderful. We have been visiting here for our entire family dental care for many years. Clean facility and very knowledgeable staff.

Manshi J.

I came in today for regular ciening and Kate really did a great job. She also explained and demonstrated the correct way of flossing and brushing. Thank you!

Hao L.

Great service! I come here for my fillings and teeth cleanings. Have been feeling much better!

Missy P.

I have been coming to Prime Dental for over a year and everyone has been incredibly nice and helpful. Maggie is a wonderful dental hygienist, I recommend everyone go see her for a dental cleaning!

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