If you regularly feel self-conscious about your breath, are tired of people slowly backing away from you during conversations, or are 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 a quarter of the population suffers from halitosis (bad breath). You don’t have to live with it any longer. Thankfully, this Q&A can help provide you with some answers to your (nostril) burning questions.
How Does My Breath Get So Smelly?
There are several reasons, including:
- Dry mouth. Saliva naturally cleans the mouth. When your mouth is dry, odors can begin to build up.
- Bad 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.
- Bigger oral health issues. Your bad breath might be a symptom of gum disease or tooth decay.
How Do I Fix It?
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly. 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.
- Keep yourself 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.
We’ll Help Keep Your Smile Healthy And Fragrant
Our staff is happy to help you have a healthier and happier smile. Contact us at our local Southlake, TX office at 817-481-7999.