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Halitosis – Bad Breath

You’re sitting in the waiting room for the chance of scoring your dream job. You cup your hand to your mouth and exhale to check your breath. It’s anything but fresh. You slide in a strip of gum. Fifteen minutes after chewing you realize that the stench is back. It is still coming from your mouth. You have halitosis – a case of bad breath. Identifying the cause is the first step in treating this avoidable situation.

Why did I have to have two slices of garlic bread?

All of the food you eat is broken down in your mouth and is absorbed into your bloodstream. Soon, they are carried to your lungs and you’re eventually breathing the odor through your mouth. Foods with strong odors hold a tough battle against brushing, flossing, and even mouthwash. The smell will not completely disappear until it is gone out of your body. So don’t be too disappointed when you spend your nights brushing your tongue and swishing mouthwash back and forth in your mouth more than once to get rid of the garlic bread that you heavily munched on for lunch.

Wait, I had garlic two days ago and I did have my share of mouthwash this morning.

We have established that the garlic has left your bloodstream and ultimately your body. However, if you don’t floss and brush your teeth at least daily, the particles of food remain in your mouth. They hide in crevices of your teeth and sometimes even the roof of your mouth. This leads to bacterial growth in between your teeth and gums, and even on your tongue which cause bad breath due to decay. Also, if you wear retainers or dentures, your number one priority is to make sure that they’re thoroughly clean. Poor dental care includes not sanitizing your dentures properly.

But I do all of those things!

Maybe the cure is not what you do, but rather what you don’t do. Using tobacco products such as cigars, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco are fair indicators that place your dental health at risk. Tobacco users are at an increased risk for the following: periodontal disease, a loss of taste abilities, or/and, irritated gums.

I also don’t smoke.

If you can’t pinpoint where the smell is coming from, track down your local Anaheim dentist for an appointment. Since each individual experience symptoms differently, it is smart to consult your family dentist to figure out whether or not the problem is serious. Some diseases and illnesses may cause halitosis. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.

Someone needs to make an appointment with their local dentist.

Socially, the affects of bad breath can tarnish someone’s image. Since fragrance has a sharp ability to produce emotional responses, bad breath can lower a person’s self image. If you’re planning on going to a job interview with bad breath, your chances for future employment will be slimmer than you expect.