Your Breath…Keep it sweet and Kissable!

dentistry-300x200 There it is, right under your nose and you may be the last to know…you have bad breath. Otherwise known as halitosis, it’s an all too common embarrassing condition that affects 30% of the population.

When you find your friends taking a step back when talking with you and your significant other declining a good-night kiss, it’s time to get a handle on your battle with bad breath.

Bad breath originates from bacterial gasses which accumulate in your mouth and on your teeth, gums and tongue. These gases contain sulfur which causes their nasty odor.

Brushing and flossing twice a day and using a tongue scraper are proven plaque and bacteria fighters.

Consider whether any of these things may be at the root of your halitosis:

Missing A Dental Check-Up
A twice-yearly dental check-up may reveal plaque and dental decay. Plaque can break down your teeth, causing bad breath. Cavities can also be stinky culprits.

Your Nose
The presence of bacteria in your nose and sinus cavities can cause smelly secretions from your nasal passages – which may be a cause of your bad breath. Using a nasal wash can help, but if this problem persists, consider a visit to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Your Diet
Garlic and onions contain compounds which are absorbed into your blood cells and expelled through your lungs. That means it’s your breath that actually smells, not just your mouth. 

Tonsil Stones
Tonsilloliths are lymph tissue and bacteria that reside in the back of your throat and come together as white or yellow globs. They are filled with tiny crevices where bacteria accumulates. If enough bacteria get caught, these smelly tonsilloliths can definitely contribute to halitosis. 

Your Stomach
If none of the above is causing your bad breath, or if it’s a chronic problem, see your doctor. In some cases, stomach problems, such as acid reflux, can cause bad breath.

Call Williams Lake Smiles at 250.398.8411 and let Dr. Wassenaar help you get a handle on your halitosis. 

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