Relationships matter. It’s important to protect your personal and work connections.
There’s a common problem that can have a negative impact on your social life. It’s clinical name is halitosis but you probably know it simply as bad breath.
More than a mint can solve
It’s easy to dismiss it and pop a breath mint or stick of gum in your mouth to mask the odor. But there’s a deeper issue if the problem persists.
Your oral health could be sending a signal that something else is the source. Begin by evaluating your oral health habits.
Daily brushing and flossing are essential. Your dental care routine removes the build-up of food particles from the surface of your teeth and gums.
Try something the next time you floss. Smell the floss after using it and note the distinct odor.
Oral bacteria live within the sticky plaque and tartar substance on the surface of your teeth. Food that remains there and between your teeth and gums give bacteria a place to thrive.
Your diet can also create issues associated with bad breath. Odor producing foods such as onions, cheese, and those that contain garlic are often a source of breath related problems.
Bacteria can also live on the surface of your tongue. It’s important to include it in your oral hygiene routine.
Tooth decay, cavities, and an oral infection can also produce a distinct odor. It’s important beyond the breath issue to treat these and avoid other dental health risks.
Improve your health and social status
Dental treatment is the best solution for ongoing or chronic halitosis (bad breath). Again, a breath mint or gum only temporarily solve the issue.
Start with a dental examination. Your exam can diagnose any issues that are caused by an abscess, gum infection, a cavity, or tooth decay.
Schedule your next professional teeth cleaning. This appointment two times per year removes the plaque and tartar build-up that daily brushing and flossing can miss.
A deep teeth cleaning is also effective for removing the build-up in the pockets between your teeth and gums.
Improve your oral health and your social status. Treat bad breath issues before they worsen.
Contact your Knoxville dentist about any ongoing issues with bad breath. Schedule a dental examination to seek a solution that can improve your oral health.