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Greenville, SC residents ask, ‘Do braces cause bad breath?’

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Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision. Orthodontics can be a sensitive or embarrassing topic for many guests. Add in the possibility of bad breath and orthodontics brings about another concern. The team at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in Greenville, SC wants guests to understand that proper oral care can help minimize bacteria, so you get the most out of your braces treatment.


With any orthodontic treatment, there are additional materials in the mouth. Aligner trays, brackets, or wires are in the mouth giving bacteria more to cling to and the ability to multiply easily. The added bacteria in the mouth can cause bad breath. To combat bad breath, the best defense is a good offense. Good oral health habits can help prevent the buildup of bacteria.


Tips for fresher breath


Following good hygiene habits is important whether you wear braces or not. This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist for routine cleanings. During the months you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is even more important to keep your mouth free of bacteria.


Keeping your mouth free of excessive bacteria can be done with proper diet and hygiene.

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Food and drinks that are high in sugar can contribute to bad breath.
  • Drink plenty of water. A dry mouth does not produce enough saliva. Saliva removes bacteria and excess food. Without saliva to remove both, bad breath can occur.
  • Brush your teeth often. Brushing twice per day is recommended but brushing after meals helps remove excess food particles.
  • Floss daily and thoroughly.
  • Use mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
  • Maintain regular cleanings with your dentist. This helps remove bacteria from hard to reach areas.


At Palmer Distinctive Dentistry, we offer aligner trays to straighten the teeth. With constant wear, bacteria can accumulate on the trays. Remember, your trays are removable, so you can cleanse your mouth appropriately. Clean the trays as recommended by your dentist to avoid additional bacteria or the possibility of bad breath.


For complete dental care, contact Palmer Distinctive Dentistry for an appointment. (864) 332-4113


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Palmer Distinctive Dentistry
John J. Palmer, DMD | Daniel J. Knause, DMD | Debra G. Adams, DMD |
John R. White, DDS, DABDSM

At Palmer Distinctive Dentistry, we believe that oral health and overall wellness are linked. This is our focus when attending to our guests’ dental needs. Giving beautiful, healthy smiles to the residents of Greenville, SC is our goal.

Heading our team is Founder Dr. John J. Palmer, a Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry graduate. A dedicated holistic dentist and pioneer in advanced dentistry, he incorporates the latest technologies and IAOMT-certified methods and stays abreast of modern developments in biological dentistry.

Dr. Daniel J. Knause earned his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University and his DMD from Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry. He’s well-versed in IAOMT protocol and holds membership in many prestigious associations.

Dr. Debra G. Adams received her Bachelor of Science from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, and worked as a dental assistant, before graduating from dental school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr Adams that she is SMART certified through the IAOMT and is dedicated to giving our guests the best treatment possible.

A graduate from the University of Texas, John R. White, DDS, DABDSM has over 40 years of experience in providing health care services in the field of professional dentistry. He is renowned as a specialist in the field of sleep apnea as well as being a patient-friendly doctor who aims to provide the best possible oral health care possible. He has contributed to the dental community of professionals by lecturing across the country to share his wealth of knowledge on the subject.