Ontario Dental Association Says: Don't Be a Victim of Bad Breath This Valentine's Day


Don’t Let Bad Breath Ruin Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2009

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ODA Promotes Kissing for Good Oral Health - Dr. Larry Levin

Toronto, ON — 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 disease.

“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 breath:

“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.”


For more information:

Bonnie Dean
ODA Public Affairs & Communications
416-922-3900, ext. 3305
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