man checking breathClark Gable was one of the heartthrobs of the 1930s. He was tall, charming, and fiendishly handsome. But… he had bad breath. Vivian Leigh, his co-star in Gone with the Wind, once said, “Kissing Clark Gable… was not that exciting. His dentures smelled something awful.” While you might not have dentures, you might be struggling with stinky breath for other reasons. How can you avoid Clark Gable syndrome and be fresh and kissable all the time? Your dentist in Scarborough offers some handy tips.

What Causes Bad Breath?

The key to stopping and preventing bad breath is understanding why some people may suffer from it. Bacteria. Bacteria are usually the problem. When it builds up in the mouth, whether on the tongue, teeth, or gums, it can cause odors. Some things that lead to bacteria buildup include:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits. Insufficient brushing and flossing allows the stinky stuff to thrive in your mouth.
  • Dry mouth. Not having enough saliva to rinse away bacteria lets it, along with tiny food particles, accumulate in your oral cavity.
  • Gum disease. This infection in the gums doesn’t just smell bad — it also poses a serious threat to your oral health and your overall health.
  • There’s no getting around it — tobacco makes your mouth dirty. It can also dull your senses of smell and taste so you might not even know that you have bad breath.

How to Stay Fresh

Knowing that you have fresh breath can give you a confidence boost no matter where you are or whom you’re interacting with. Here are some tips to keep the stink at bay:

  • Be diligent about oral hygiene. Brush twice a day, and floss at least once a day. You can also use a mouth rinse to kill odor-causing bacteria. Don’t forget to clean your tongue as well; it can accumulate just as much icky stuff as the rest of your mouth.
  • Address dry mouth. There are various reasons why you might have a dry mouth, including sinus problems or certain medications. Your doctor may be able to work with you to find a solution. Sometimes, though, the best way to increase saliva production is something as simple as chewing gum or drinking more water.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Having your mouth professionally cleaned once every six months or so can do wonders for your breath! Plus, your dentist is equipped to fight gum disease and other causes of halitosis (bad breath).
  • Kick the tobacco habit. Saying no to cigarettes and tobacco is a huge challenge, especially if you’ve been using for years. However, your efforts to quit will be rewarded by fresher breath and better health.

Bad breath doesn’t have to be a fact of life. With the above tips, you can stay way more kissable than even the fabulous Clark Gable!

About White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

The doctors and staff at White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are dedicated to providing you with high-quality dental care. When you have questions about how to care for your teeth and gums (and breath), feel free to contact us at 416-285-4545.