Livingston Dental - March 2020

Getting to the Bottom of Bad Breath

You love your dog, but when they jump up for a face lick and you get a whiff of their breath? Yea, not so much. When it comes to pets and people, bad breath is off-putting. It can be an awkward thing to deal with, but luckily, it’s often easy to manage and get rid of. Here are some of the common causes of bad breath and what you can do to combat it. WHAT’S BEHIND THE SMELL? Most often, bacteria in the mouth cause bad breath. When food collects in the mouth, it attracts bacteria, and that buildup can lead to bad breath. Bad breath, or in technical terms, halitosis, may also be a symptom of gum disease. The bigger pockets in the gums caused by gum disease make it harder to clean well and easier for food particles to get stuck. Tobacco products and smoking are connected to gum disease and also contribute to bad breath. Those suffering from dry mouth may experience bad breath, as well, since our saliva naturally helps to break down food. Without enough saliva, it is easier for food to remain in the mouth.

HOW TO VANQUISH HALITOSIS No. 1 on the list for combating bad breath is making sure you’re really consistent with brushing and flossing. Brushing twice a day and flossing every day will help remove food particles. Rinsing your mouth with water after you eat helps as well. If you’re taking medications or have a condition that causes dry mouth, store-bought rinses can promote an increase in saliva and freshen breath. Seeing the dentist twice a year is also key to combating bad breath because dentists can remove the plaque buildup that contributes to bad breath and gum disease. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, our team is happy to help. Give us a call, and we can get you on the road to fresh breath and clean teeth. If you have a friend or family member who’s in need of a good dentist, do them a favor and pass along our contact information!

Puzzle Time! Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes Ingredients

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• 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted • 6 tbsp spinach pesto • 2 cups cherry tomatoes • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 1 tsp red wine vinegar 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

Directions • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness • Salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko 1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 3. In a bowl, combine panko,




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