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How to Break Up With Bad Breath

Bad breath is no fun. Half the time, you don’t even know you have it, and when someone gets up the nerve to tell you, the humiliation can be excruciating. Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, cuts conversations short, makes romantic situations awkward, and can cause anyone to feel self-conscious in up-close-and-personal conditions.

More than an embarrassing conversation repellent, bad breath can be a symptom of serious dental issues. Bad breath is typically caused by some degree of bacteria buildup. Fortunately, there are simple ways to alleviate halitosis temporarily. For moderate to advanced bacteria buildup and underlying periodontal disease, you may need to seek advice from a dental professional.

Suggestions for dealing with bad breath:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day, especially after eating sugary foods, which can increase bacteria buildup.
  2. Floss at least once per day.
  3. Brush or scrape your tongue. The tongue can easily get coated in bacteria, especially if you have dry mouth or use tobacco.  
  4. Drink more water, which helps wash away bacteria.
  5. Try cutting back on caffeine to reduce dry mouth. Caffeine suppresses the production of saliva, the body’s natural way of cleansing bacteria from the mouth.
  6. Avoid onions and garlic. Brushing will not eliminate bad breath from foods like these, which release unpleasant odors that emerge through the lungs over the course of a few hours after the food is processed in the body.
  7. Stop crash dieting, which can cause the body to release keytones that smell sickeningly sweet as they leave the body.
  8. Get a new toothbrush every three months.
  9. For a quick, temporary fix, try home remedies like chewing parsley, fennel, and oranges, or drinking milk, pineapple juice, and green tea.
  10. Keep dentures and other oral appliances clean.
  11. Check any tooth replacements or implants, as these can be common sites of infection. Ask your dentist for the best cleaning products for inlays, onlays, and implants.
  12. Get a professional dental checkup and cleaning. A visit to the dentist may be the only way to diagnose and treat issues like gum disease or infection, which can be the cause of more persistent bad breath.  
  13. If your dentist finds no sources of halitosis in your mouth, consider whether you have any respiratory infections, gastroesophageal reflux, or a more serious condition like liver failure or a metabolic disease.

Dr. Mitchmore and the staff at LifeSmiles are happy to answer any questions you have about bad breath. Regular cleanings and checkups can help prevent bad breath and gum disease, so schedule an appointment today.

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Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.


Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

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Patient Care and Education

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.


Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra is 44 years old and has a learning disability. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics. This year, Sandra won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!). She sings in her church choir and every other year goes on an international trip with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
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Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

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John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.