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The Secret to Sweet Breath

Let’s say you brush your teeth twice a day, every day. That you floss at least once a day. That you visit your Plano dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. You also don’t smoke and you tend to avoid breath-changing foods such as onions and garlic.

But something bothers you: you’re worried that your breath is bad. In fact, a few close friends and family members have mentioned that your breath isn’t, well….pleasing.

 

What’s going on?

Rest assured that you’re not alone: WebMD.com reported way back in 2001 that halitosis – the scientific name for bad breath – affects about 60 million people in the U.S. each year. What’s more, Americans spent about $10 billion each year buying mouthwashes, toothpastes and other “bad breath banishers” in an effort to help their breath smell sweet.

First, a bit about the causes of bad breath:

  • Some instances of bad breath come about from the bacteria that thrive in our mouths – particularly on our gums and tongue. These bacteria produce compounds of sulfur and once there’s enough buildup, our breath can turn sour.
  • Some cases of bad breath result from the acids from food that travel up your esophagus. This can lead to bad breath as well as a “bad taste” In your mouth.
  • Advanced gum disease also can be your bad-breath culprit. Talk to your dentist if you notice that your bad breath/bad taste in your mouth doesn’t go away as these symptoms are indications of gum disease.

Dental treatments for bad breath could include:

  • Your Plano dentist could provide you with mouthwashes specifically formulated to combat the production of sulfur in your mouth.
  • He also may recommend that you use a sonic toothbrush: these rid can help get of bacteria and plaque that hide in your gums.
  • Your dentist also may prescribe a treatment that entails placing a form-fitted mouth tray that holds peroxide against your teeth and gums for extra bacteria-killing oomph.
  • Poorly fitting crowns and dental bridges also could be trapping food particles in your mouth, eventually creating even more bacteria, adding to halitosis. If this is so, your dentist can change them to fit better, and thus decrease the chance of bacteria to fester there.

Many people who smoke cigarettes, pipes and cigars, or who chew tobacco, have bad breath. If this is the case for you, work to quit these unhealthy habits.

You may not need your dentist’s intervention: just make sure to brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly. You also may want to brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth to remove bacteria buildup.

If you have bad breath that seems to persist no matter how often your brush and floss, make an appointment at the office of Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson  by calling the office by phone.

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