Halitosis Q&A

Halitosis Q&A

Posted by Lone Star Dental Care Jun 30, 2017

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Do you regularly feel self-conscious about your breath? Are you tired of people slowly backing away from you during conversations? Are you tired of being too afraid to make a move on that cutie across the bar because you know how bad your breath is? You’re not alone. In fact, about 25% of people suffer from halitosis (bad breath). You don’t have to live with it any longer. Here is a helpful halitosis Q&A to help provide you some answers to your (nostril) burning questions.

Why Does My Breath Smell Bad?

There are several reasons, including:

  • Poor dental hygiene. Poor dental hygiene is the leading cause of halitosis. Without regular brushing and flossing, you can have a buildup of food particles that slowly break down, creating a foul odor.
  • Dry mouth. Saliva naturally cleans the mouth. When your mouth is dry, odors can begin to build up.
  • A bigger oral health issue. Your bad breath might be a symptom of gum disease or tooth decay.

How Can I Fix My Bad Breath?

  • Regular brushing and flossing. Brushing at least twice a day and regularly flossing is key in fighting bad breath. Brushing only cleans around 60% of the surface of the tooth, so flossing is important to remove the plaque and food particles between your teeth. This, along with regular check-ups and cleanings from your dentist, will go a long way in helping you avoid bad breath.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding anything that dehydrates your mouth and doing things that help stimulate the creation of saliva (like chewing sugarless gum) will help keep your breath fresh.
  • Visit your dentist. Regular checkups and cleanings can help prevent you from developing oral health issues that can make your breath smell bad.

Freshen Up Your Smile

Our staff can provide you with dentistry treatments that can help you have a happy, healthy, and fresh smile. Contact us at our local Frisco, TX office at 972-335-7100.

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