First impressions are hard to shake, and if you have bad breath the first time you meet someone, in most cases they will unfortunately remember that about you over anything else.
Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath, and it can be quite the problem if you cannot find a way to get rid of it. It can make meeting new people extremely difficult, severely damaging your self confidence in the process. That is why if you, if you have chronic halitosis and cannot seem to do anything to fix it, you should contact Northern Dental Centre and set up a consultation to tackle your bad breath problem. Halitosis is a seriously annoying issue to live with, as it makes communicating with people harder. I mean, who would want to get up close and have a conversation with someone who has really bad breath? That would be a major deal breaker for most people right away. On top of the social issues it causes, halitosis could also be an indicator of a much larger problem going on inside your body. A lot of halitosis is a direct result of poor dental hygiene. If you do not take care of cleaning your mouth regularly and thoroughly, you will probably start to stink up the place every time you open your mouth. Brushing, flossing, and using a strong mouthwash all help tackle the main source of your halitosis, fighting to eliminate the odor at the center of the stink.
Halitosis could also be a sign of other, more serious issues than poor dental hygiene. It can be a sign of gum disease, which can lead to serious damage in gums and jawbone if left untreated. Bad breath can also be a warning signal for a number of other life-threatening diseases, including pneumonia, bronchitis, diabetes, acid reflux, and liver or kidney issues.
Halitosis Treatment FAQ
What is causing my halitosis?
Halitosis can be caused by a number of different things, and usually has more than one cause in most cases. A lot of cases of severe bad breath are a result of poor dental hygiene, like not brushing your teeth regularly. It is also greatly impacted by what you eat. If you consume foods with strong smells, like garlic or onions for example, then your breath will adopt those pungent odors until those foods make their way through your digestive system. Halitosis can also be caused by medications which cause dry mouth as a side effect, as saliva is key for washing away the dead cells that cause bad breath.
What can I do to prevent halitosis?
There are a number of different steps you can take to stay ahead of halitosis and having your breath smell sweet for good. First, make sure you are taking top notch care of your dental hygiene, as forgetting to brush, floss, and rinse will put you quickly down the path towards chronic bad breath. On top of basic care, avoid pungent foods like garlic whenever possible. These odors linger, and even brushing and using mouthwash does little more than cover up the smell for a little. Eating less harsh and offensive foods, like mint or fresh fruit, will gradually make your breath much more pleasant to be around.
If you live in the Grande Prairie, Alberta area and have been suffering through chronic halitosis for a while now, contact Northern Dental Centre today at 780-532-1786 to set up an appointment to get rid of your bad breath for good so you can feel comfortable getting up close and personal with people again.
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