Ontario Dental Association Promotes Kissing For Good Oral Health

    Don't Let Bad Breath Ruin Valentine's Day

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Ontario Dental Association encourages you to
kiss up a storm this Valentine's Day. But before you do, make sure bad breath
doesn't spoil the experience.
    The most common times when bad breath, or halitosis, occurs are in the
morning before brushing, if a long time passes between meals and when taking
medication that dries out the mouth. These are all instances of diminished
salivary flow. Saliva, which becomes more abundant during kissing, has
antibacterial properties that help limit halitosis, tooth decay and gum
    "Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, can spoil a romantic mood, or
even make one reluctant to kiss," says Dr. Larry Levin, President of the
Ontario Dental Association. "But there are simple steps you can take to make
sure your breath stays fresh and clean."
    The Ontario Dental Association has the following tips to combat bad

    -   Floss and brush your teeth, gums and tongue daily to remove bacteria
        and freshen your breath. Bad breath is mostly caused by the bacteria
        in our mouths.

    -   Drink plenty of water or chew on sugar-free gum to keep your mouth
        moist. Saliva inhibits the growth of bacteria that contribute to bad
        breath. Some antibiotics and alcohol can also lead to dry mouth, so
        have extra sugar-free gum or mints on hand.

    -   Certain foods can contribute to bad breath, such as garlic, onions
        and protein-rich foods like milk products, fish and meat. Brush your
        teeth after consuming these foods. Chewing sugar-free gum is a good
        option if you cannot brush your teeth after every meal.

    -   Cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco can cause dry mouth or
        halitosis (on top of being harmful to your overall health). Speak to
        your healthcare provider about quitting.

    -   If bad breath persists, talk to your dentist. It could be a symptom
        of gum disease or other medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, infections
        of the nose or throat).

    -   Visit your dentist regularly to attain and maintain good oral health.

    "You can try masking bad breath with mouthwash, mints or gum, but the
only way to eliminate bad breath is through healthy habits," says Dr. Levin.
"A good oral health regimen will not only make you want to kiss others, but it
may make others want to kiss you too."

    New on www.youroralhealth.ca:

    "ODA SoundBites" are 30-second audio clips providing oral health
information for parents, educators and media. Feel free to download our "ODA
SoundBites" for use on websites, blogs and broadcast outlets. They are
available on the Media Room page of our site.
    Our February "ODA SoundBite' features Dr. Larry Levin, President of the
Ontario Dental Association, on bad breath and how to fight it.

For further information:

For further information: Rui Manuel Estevao, Public Affairs &
Communications, (416) 355-2278; Bonnie Dean, Public Affairs & Communications,
(416) 922-3900 x.3305

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