Beating Your Bad Breath
Stay right there; that’s close enough.
Your bad breath is getting between you and, well, everyone else. In fact, the situation in your mouth has gotten so bad, even you can’t ignore it anymore.
At first you thought it was something that you said. Then you started to think that it was something you ate. Now, the problem is so bad, you’re wondering if something is actually the matter.
What if the reason people are starting to avoid intimate conversations with you has little to do with either of those things?
Chronic bad breath – otherwise known as halitosis – is no laughing matter, as it is likely a sign of overall poor dental health or other serious oral issues, and not just whether you ate too much garlic at dinner.
You know too well how your bread breath has pushed people away, making it virtually impossible to get close to loved ones or to conduct business without suffering from embarrassment.
Bad breath can hold your life hostage behind an invisible cloud of odor that will, in time, shrink your quality of life as it shrinks the number of people willing to put up with the stench coming from your mouth.
At Eugene Family Dental, we regularly treat cases of clinical halitosis, and in a variety of ways, to prevent this from happening and to restore your quality of life.
Whatever path of treatment we choose for you, you can rest assured that it will involve addressing the problem that’s causing your bad breath, and not just the bad breath itself.
What is Halitosis?
The vast majority of cases of genuine halitosis are caused by factors within the mouth itself.
From improperly brushing and flossing, to bacterial infections or gastro-intestinal problems which affect the chemical balance of your mouth, the many causes of chronic bad breath are matched only by the different types of halitosis identified by dentists over the years.
The causes include:
- Using tobacco products
- Poor diet, in which certain bacteria can take root and emit sulphur-like gasses inside of your mouth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Dry mouth
- Sinus infection
Simply put, if you have chronically poor breath when you exhale, you probably have halitosis.
The only way to be sure, however, is for you to come in for a professional consultation to allow my staff and I to identify and eliminate the source of your bad breath.
Can’t I Just Take A Tic-Tac?
No, you can’t.
Not only because not all mints are created equal – for example, mints that contain sugar or sweeteners could actually aid harmful bacteria and contribute to tooth decay, making matters worse – but there’s no amount of breath-fresheners you could take that will solve the root cause of your halitosis.
If unchecked, then the chances are good that whatever is causing your halitosis will develop into a more serious problem that could threaten the integrity of your teeth and your gums, leading to worse problems than bad breath.
What you can do, however, and on your own time until your first appointment with us, is follow a few simple steps that can help beat back that bad breath breath in the meantime:
- Use Mouthwash Regularly – Quick, cheap, and easy, routine use of a high-quality mouthwash will help keep bacteria at bay and improve the overall scent of your mouth.
- Brush and Floss At Least Twice A Day – You could be in this bad situation in the first place just because you’ve skimped on daily smile maintenance like brushing and flossing, but every little bit of effort can help keep harmful bacteria from setting up camp in your mouth or on your tongue.
- Eat Foods With Mint & Parsley – Both of these herbs have natural properties that can help keep harmful mouth bacterias and their smelly byproducts in check, and have been used as natural remedies for bad breath for centuries. A side-benefit is that these plants are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which are beneficial to your complete health.
Depending on the nature of your particular case of halitosis, or whether you even have it, your best bet is to give us a call to set up a consultation so we can identify what’s going on in your mouth to get your breath back in order.
So give us a call at 458-205-5189 to schedule an appointment with my friendly staff, or request an appointment online through our website.
Don’t wait, because what seems like bad breath today could be tooth loss tomorrow.
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