Bad Breath Can Be A Very Embarrassing
Why do you suppose people become embarrassed by something so common as bad breath? Do you
suppose they become embarrassed because others have noticed
We all hope we never have it but yet at some point in our lives we probably will encounter - bad breath! It is
embarrassing when someone else notices our breath and almost impossible for us to notice when we have bad
The good thing about bad breath is that it is not contagious. There is however such a thing as chronic bad
breath or the medical term for it, "halitosis".
We normally become accustomed to our own smells so it is no wonder that we cannot tell when we have bad breath
but rely on others to smell our breath to see if there is a bad odor or not.
There is one way to tell if you have bad breath and that is to lick the back of your own hand. Now, let it dry
for about several seconds.
Now, smell the spot, is there an odor? You can also smell what comes up on your floss when you place it between
your back teeth and floss. If there is an odor to it, then you might have bad breath.
Did you know that the smell of your breath changes throughout the day?
Why do you suppose people become embarrassed by something so common as bad breath?
Do you suppose they become embarrassed because others have noticed or that they may be singled out for not
having good dental hygiene?
Poor dental hygiene is one cause for bad breath. When food particles become stuck between teeth and are not removed they can attract bacteria
in the mouth.
When enough bacteria collect, someone else can sense an odor from the bacteria in your mouth.
Usually the bad odor from your mouth originates from your tongue. Foods that are eaten that contain garlic or
are spicy can when absorbed by the body, release odors when we breath.
Other areas of the mouth that can emit odors are in-between the teeth (when food particles collect there), along
the gum line, and also those hard to reach areas of the mouth.
Good oral hygiene involves simple steps that can keep you on the right track for preventing bad breath. The
steps involve cleaning the teeth, tongue and gums by brushing, flossing and rinsing.
Good oral hygiene prevents the excess build-up of
bacteria that if left unchecked
can form on your teeth, gums and on your tongue. Plaque should be removed by brushing and flossing on a regular
basis to prevent bad breath.
There are some other steps you can take to prevent bad breath such as replacing your current toothbrush at least every 2 to 3 months or when obvious wear occurs sooner. If you have a bacterial infection of the mouth it is also a good idea to replace your toothbrush to prevent re-infection.
Flossing is an important part of good oral dental care and one way to reduce or prevent bad breath.
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If left on the teeth and gums the plaque will harden, forms tooth decay and can irritate the gums, can cause gum
disease and bad breath.
The embarrassing problem of bad breath can be prevented by using good oral hygiene, and by visiting
your dentist on a regular basis to learn how to practice good oral hygiene and to check the health of your teeth,
gums and tongue.
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