Halitosis - Your Bad Breath

Your Bad Breath - Halitosis

If someone’s breath smelled bad once, you’d probably forgive them for it. Right? What if their breath smelled bad regularly? Would you have the guts to bring this potentially embarrassing personal issue up to them? You’re more likely to keep silent about it so you don’t offend. After all, there are so many remedies to this common problem you would think there should be no reason for anyone to have chronic bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, is produced as a result of excessive build up of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) from the breakdown of proteins by bacteria in the mouth. The more food particles in your mouth, and around your teeth, the higher the levels of bacteria further contributing to bad odor. To get rid of bad breath, start regularly brushing your teeth and tongue after every meal. Heavy plaque and tartar that accumulates around your teeth may also contribute to bad breath and periodontal disease. A professional cleaning will help and you will smell the difference immediately.

You should already know to avoid tobacco products, as well as consuming onion, garlic, spicy or sugary food. Mouthwashes, breath fresheners, mints, and flavored gum can only mask the odor for so long.

Dry mouth could be another blame for bad breath. Think about the smell of your breath in the morning. Awful, isn’t it? During sleep, saliva production decreases, leaving your mouth dryer than normal. Since saliva helps to cleanse the mouth, having chronic dry mouth can result in harboring more bacteria to produce bad smell.

If you are part of the unfortunate population that suffers from chronic bad breath, know that it can be subsided, if not eliminated completely. For more tips, remedies or just for laughs, you’ll want to watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0FAVR6_ZEQ  

You are always welcome to come into the Levittown Dental Office for a free consultation without an obligation. So call today to meet Dr. Marc Gottlieb and his amazing compassionate  staff.

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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at marc@anxietyfreedental.com