Even Your Best Friends May Not Tell You
- Posted on: Oct 15 2016
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Is a good-night kiss sometimes a deal-breaker? Are your friends eager to hand you a breath mint? You may be totally unaware, but you may suffer from the common, embarrassing condition known as halitosis – a fancy name for bad breath. It’s true, bad breath can impact your most personal relationships.
Most of the time, bad breath comes from gases produced by bacteria which accumulate in your mouth, and on your teeth, gums and tongue. These gases contain sulfur which causes their bad odor. But there may be other things causing your bad breath:
Tonsil stones. Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones, consist of lymph tissue combined with bacteria that reside in the back of your throat, near your tonsils.They are filled with tiny crevices where additional bacteria accumulates. If enough bacteria get caught, tonsilloliths can definitely be a cause of bad breath. Using a WaterPik may be a good way to remove them.
Your tongue. Always brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. And try a tongue scraper, a trending and great way to remove bacteria from the back of your tongue where bacteria hides.
Your nose. Sinus infections or the presence of bacteria in your nose and sinus cavities cause smelly secretions from your nasal passages – which may be a cause of bad breath. Using a saline nasal wash can help, but if this problem persists, make an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist.
Your diet. Garlic and onions contain compounds that are taken into your blood cells and expelled through your lungs. So, your breath actually smells, not just your mouth.
Your stomach. If none of the above is the cause of your bad breath, or if it persists, see your doctor. In some cases, stomach problems, such as acid reflux, can be a cause.
A thorough dental check-up may reveal plaque and dental decay. Plaque can break down your teeth, causing bad breath, and cavities can also play a part. Remember to brush and floss daily and visit us twice a year. If it’s been a while since your last dental exam, call to schedule an appointment, today: (303) 277-9600.
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