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Is Bad Breath Holding You Back?

October 2, 2017
Posted By: Smith Dental
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Do you find others backing away from you when you speak? Is your partner less willing to engage in long kissing marathons than they used to be? It might be because you have bad breath. The kind of bad breath caused by gum disease is far more offensive than a lunch that had onions and garlic as part of the plate because it comes from bacteria that collect in the mouth and reproduce rapidly. One of the by-products is a nasty odor that is both offensive and difficult to mask even with the strongest mints and rinses.

Why Do Bacteria Love the Mouth?

Because of the warm, moist environment of the mouth, it provides bacteria with the perfect breeding ground. Add in some sugary or starchy foods, and you’re basically giving bacteria the green light to take over, which can lead to gum disease and decay.

What Can You Do about Bad Breath?

The best approach to bad breath is to take care of your mouth with the same care you would the rest of your body. You wouldn’t go days without cleaning your armpits and your teeth deserve the same (or more) respect, since gum disease is an incredibly harmful condition. It affects nearly every system in the body, from your heart to your brain.

Combatting bad breath begins with routine home care. Brush twice daily and floss at least once per day to remove food particles and biofilm that give bacteria fuel and a place to hide.

The next step is to stay on track with professional dental cleanings. Even if you are the World Champion of brushing and flossing, you can’t reach every area with your toothbrush and floss. Our professional hygienists use precision instruments and years of experience to expertly and comfortably remove residual tartar left behind between cleanings.

If you want a dentist in Aloha who will help you enjoy fresh breath and a healthy smile, contact Smith Dental for your next exam. Even if it has been a while since your last appointment, we will never make you feel judged or guilty about the condition of your teeth and gums. Our solution-oriented approach will make getting back on track easy.

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