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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentisry
July 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.

Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?

In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.

As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.

And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.

Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.

Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”

If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
October 14, 2014
Category: Oral Health

10 Ways To Improve Bad Breathbad breath

Nobody wants to have bad breath!  What causes bad breath and what are some ways to improve it.  Everyone worries about bad breath and if you have had a spicy meal maybe you should worry.

What are some of the causes of breath problems?  Heavy flavors in food cause he most problems.  Garlic and onions can cause bad breath as well as coffee and alcohol.  But the number one cause of bad breath is not keeping your gums and teeth clean.  The extra millions of bacteria that will live in an unclean mouth cause serious odor problems.  When those bacteria eat they give off a sulfer based gas.  The result is bad breath.  Odors can also be caused by health problems and infections of the sinus, throat and lungs.  You can have diabetes, stomach reflex or thrush and have breath problems.

How can you fix or prevent bad breath?

1.  See your dentist.  A professional cleaning getting out debris between the teeth and the gum lines is a must to reduce the bacteria in your mouth.

2. Brush  This is a must.  Daily keeping your mouth clean will do wonders for your breath.  You can also brush after meals, especially if they were spicy to reduce bad breath.causes of bad breath

3.  Floss  Once again, keeping the bacteria out of your mouth is essential.  If you only brush, the plaque builds up between your teeth and under your gums.  This is a key to fresh breath.

4.  Drink up.  Dehydration reduces your saliva leading to bad breath.  Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day.

5.  Use a tongue scraper.  This helps you remove bacteria and debris living on the surface of your tongue.

6.  Use a quality mouthwash.  Use a bacteria reducing mouthwash to aid cleaning your mouth after brushing and flossing.

7.  Eat your fruits and vegetables.  High fiber foods help keep your mouth clean and your body healther.

8.  Consider a glass of red wine.  A recent study says the moderate use of red wine will slow the growth of oral bacteria.  Make sure to brush afterwards to prevent staining of your teeth.

9.  Use sugarless gum.  Chewing sugarless gum especially after meals helps regulate the pH of your mouth and bacteria growth.

10.  Tea.  Green or black tea stops the growth of oral bacteria prevent your bad breath.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
September 18, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Tips To Prevent Bad Breath


  • Brush and floss twice a day and don't forget to brush your tongue to decrease the bad breath causing bacteria in your mouth..  This is Tips to prevent bad breathtrue especially if you are a smoker.
  • Your own saliva and good salivay flow provides a buffer against the acid from your foods.  Chewing gum increases salivary flow, but use sugar-free gum.  Xylitol in the gum is the best artificial sweetner that helps control the acid change during eating. 
  • De-hydration is poor for overall health and especially oral health.  Almost everyone could benefit from dringking more H2O!
  • Guess what?  Aromatic foods will cause bad breath.  Things such as onions, garlic and spicy foods will stay on your breath even if you brush and floss after eating.  If you are going to worry about your breath, maybe you need to avoid those kinds of food.
  • Mouthwashes with an antibacterial properties will increase your oral health.  Even more effective is to add a small amout of hydrogen peroxide then gargle and rinse with that.
  • If you have cavities and especially if you have gum disease your breath will not be fresh.  Those problems are a sign of a high bacteria count and microbes in your mouth.  They are primary causes of bad breath.

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