Of course, as you breathe, inhaling and then exhaling, you’re more likely to realize something is wrong by catching a quick whiff of your breath! However, let’s pretend for a moment that as you breathe, your breath is actually speaking to you, so in addition to paying attention with your nose, you may need to imagine that you’re listening, too. What might your breath be saying to you, as you pay close attention to the scent that’s coming from between your lips? Our Southlake, TX team would love to guide you through this little exercise, as you determine whether you’re on track with your oral health or if it may be time for a visit.
It’s Saying: Thanks For The Hard Work!
If you’ve been doing your part to take exceptional care of your smile, so you can avoid problems like cavities, gum disease, and more, then good news: You probably notice that your breath smells just fine, when you happen to catch a quick whiff here and there. If your breath were to actually speak to you in this moment, it would probably say something like, “Thank you for taking such wonderful care of your oral health!” Remember, when you brush and you floss and you are very good about attending checkups and cleanings, you remain free of excess bacteria (and problems) that lead to yucky smelling breath.
It’s Saying: Hey, Get Back To Your Dental Routine!
When you notice that your breath is actually not so lovely, you’re not going to be hearing any thanks. Instead, your breath would probably say something along the lines of, “Hey! Get back to that brushing and flossing that you were so dedicated to! Don’t forget to schedule a cleaning soon!” This is because without your dedication, as mentioned, you’ll deal with some accumulation that will cause your breath to smell less than fresh (but not awful).
It’s Saying: Oh, No! Time For A Visit, Stat!
Now, imagine you breathe out and happen to notice that your breath is incredibly terrible and you are wondering if it’s offending those around you! In this moment, your breath would likely say something like, “Uh oh! Call the dentist immediately!” When you’re dealing with a scent from your mouth that is powerful, it’s bad, and it doesn’t go away after brushing, you may have decay, an infection, gingivitis, or some other oral health issue that requires immediate care. Come in! We can help you get everything back on track.
See Us When Your Breath Is Concerning
Don’t ignore serious breath changes, particularly when you notice that your breath is bad and it stays that way. Come in for a dental checkup, during which our team will examine your smile and give you solutions! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.