When you think about the spectrum of breath that you can experience based on scent, there are a few general categories that everyone can quickly agree upon. You’ve got your bad breath, your okay breath, and your wonderful breath! While you may not think about this too much, there may be moments during which you ask yourself: So, what exactly is going on with my breath? Should I be proud or worried? Do I need to make any changes? Let our Southlake, TX team guide you through these categories for some clarity!
Let’s break this one down a bit further. If you have bad breath from a snack or meal but you brush and floss and everything is better, then this isn’t a major concern. When you quickly return to good breath, your smile is likely okay. However, when you have bad breath that won’t go away, even after the aforementioned care, you’ve got an oral health issue. It could be that you haven’t been doing a good job with home preventive practices, that you haven’t seen us in a while, or that you have a hygiene-related issue like decay. In any case, this is your warning sign that it’s time for a visit (not to worry, we can help!).
When you’ve got “just okay” breath and that’s how things tend to stay, there could be a few things going on. You might be eating foods that are potent enough to interrupt otherwise fresh breath. You might be doing “okay” with your dental hygiene but could do better, so you’re leaving behind some plaque that causes funky odors. When in doubt, keep up with brushing and flossing and bring this concern up during your next dental visit!
This may have happened to you a time or two in your life. You’ve just brushed your teeth or chewed some sugarless gum. You say something to someone within quite close proximity and they suddenly exclaim, “Wow! Your breath smells great!” We encourage you to consider something: When you’re taking good care of your smile with preventive care and your mouth is healthy, your breath will smell good. If not, even after brushing and flossing or chewing gum, an underlying not-so-great scent will still creep through. So, give yourself a pat on the back in such moments (and keep up with that dental care you’ve been practicing!).
See Us For Guidance With Bad Breath
When you know that something is amiss with your oral health and your personal dental care due to bad breath but you aren’t having any success figuring things out on your own, come in for the care you need! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.