Being told that you have bad breath is offensive, yes, but if it’s true, you need to do something about it rather then get emotional and live in denial. Sure, there are times when our breath stinks like after eating a slice tuna sandwich but if your breath continues to smell bad even if you haven’t eaten tuna or smoked a cigar or drank alcohol in the last twenty-four hours then it’s probably something you need to ask your Dentist South Florida about.
In medicine, bad breath is called halitosis. Bad breath is usually caused by an infection in the mouth, poor oral hygiene, unhealthy practices like smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol and it could also be caused by the food you eat. Other factors that result in bad breath are respiratory tract infections, dry mouth, and systemic disease conditions like liver and lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders.
Some people are unaware that they have bad breath. The usual underlying symptoms of mouth odor are poor oral hygiene as a result of food debris, plaque, and gingivitis. It can be difficult to know if your mouth smells bad therefore one way of testing it is to place your hand over your mouth and nose and smell your breath. If that doesn’t work, you can ask your significant other to smell your breath for you.
When bad breath becomes bothersome, it’s best to see a dentist so you can ask how this condition can be treated. Generally, it helps if you practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and use a mouthwash. It is also important to see your dentist twice a year for a dental checkup and a dental clean.
Even though bad breath is not fatal, still you should see your Dentist South Florida for a consult. Your dentist can check to see what’s causing your breath to stink and they can advise you on what to do. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we provide excellent quality dental care for you and your family. Call us today or visit our website to learn more about our services.