Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Flossing: An Essential Tool in the Battle Against Bad Breath


If you needed further evidence that flossing your teeth every day should be an important part of your dental care regimen, consider the fact that dental floss can actually be one of your strongest allies in the fight against bad breath. Because flossing serves to eradicate lingering food particles and the resulting bacteria that typically lead to foul breath, it really is a simple, quick way to keep yourself from offending friends, family, and colleagues alike. You may even want to start spreading the word about the effectiveness of flossing, giving dentists everywhere a reason to smile.

It is also worth noting that when it comes to keeping halitosis at bay, saliva is essential. As affordable dentists everywhere will attest, whenever saliva is lacking, plaque and bacteria are more likely to accumulate in the mouth, which in turn produces unpleasant breath. Some of the most common situations in which saliva may be in short supply are those in which alcohol is being consumed, when you are especially thirsty or hungry, or when you have just awakened. At these times, it really does pay to take the few brief moments required for a thorough flossing. Those closest to you will surely be grateful that you did.

Dieters can also greatly benefit from regular flossing, because not only will it remove bacteria that can cause tooth decay, but mint-flavored versions can distract from the bad breath that low-carb diets are commonly known to produce. Not only that, the fresh taste may even prevent unnecessary snacking, paving the way to greater weight-loss success.

Bear in mind that not all cases of bad breath are due to a simple failure to floss. There are many cases in which bad breath is indicative of a more serious underlying health or dental concern such as strep throat, oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, diabetes, HIV, or digestive trouble. Therefore, if you are experiencing chronic halitosis despite following a rigorous dental care routine, it may be time to consult with your personal team of physicians and dentists.

Given the significant social, self-esteem, health. and dental benefits that can come from regular flossing, there really is no reason not to make this particular habit a cornerstone of your daily dental care routine.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Valley Dental Associates.


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I just love the atmosphere there and all the friendly staff.
Marquis S.
Valley Dental Associates has a great staff….they have always been friendly and accommodating to my needs. My first time there was a dental emergency, (I did have an actual first visit appointment […]
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Friendly, do good work, I like the people who treat me
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Friendly courtesous staff. Appointment are always on time. When you call to scheduled they give you fast appointments.
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I had my first appointment here last week, based on a recommendation. I was so pleased with the visit. The staff was friendly and professional, and I was taken back almost immediately. Dr. Gorman […]
Regina R.
I have been seeing Dr. Oppenheim for years and he is the reason
James V.
I love them. They are the best. My husband and I have been with them for 15 years. You are guaranteed great service.
Debbie I.
Very good hygienest
Gary G.
The staff is very friendly and the office is very clean. I had a root canal done and the pain level was about slim to none. Dr. Oppenheim is the best!!!
Denise D.
Excellent service and professionalism as usual. Very satisfied.
Nicholas L.
The dental hygienist gave me a thorough cleaning and irrigation of my teeth and also made excellent recommendations.
Paul L.
I like my Dentist, very Happy atmosphere
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Mathew is terrific
Mark B.
Great experience today. Very professional and courteous staff. Front desk receptionist Cheryl and Hygentist Jennifer were the best. Can’t leave out Dr. “G” he has a way of putting a smile on […]
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I trust my dentist completely.
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Maria E.
The dental tech was so knowledgeable, and proficient at cleaning my teeth, that I almost fell asleep!
Tracy T.
I was taken on time and I was out 1 hr later (which was the length of time I was told it would take)
Pearl Z.
High level of competence of Dr. Gorman and staff; caring manner and professional interactions.
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I am very satisfied with the service I receive. Always courteous and conscientious of my dental care.
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