Ever been trapped in a conversation with someone with breath so bad that you spend the whole time searching for an escape? Or maybe you notice people are trying to cut conversations short with you.
Many people suffer from halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath. Some people have it and don’t even know it. Overall, some 65 percent of Americans are estimated to have bad breath and for 40 million it’s a chronic problem, according to the Washtenaw Dental Society.
So why do some people have minty fresh breath and while others…have, well, anything but? Turns out bad breath can be due to a number of different causes-some are easy to fix, others may be a sign of a bigger problem.
Here’s a list of some common causes along with some solutions that can help you refresh your mouth.
Causes and Cures
The solution: Eat strong-smelling foods in moderation and always brush to remove those pesky food particles before they have time to cause a problem.
The solution: This one is simple-quit smoking and using tobacco products.
The solution: Brush, brush, brush. Floss, floss, floss. (At least twice a day.)
The solution: If you suffer from dry mouth, be certain to drink lots of water and stay hydrated to fight the problem.
The solution: Don’t skip those dental appointments. You need to visit the dentist at least twice a year, sometimes more often if you have dental conditions that require more attention.
The moral of the story when it comes to bad breath, is that it’s not something you should ignore. In most cases, it is something you can take care of easily, by skipping that onion-heavy sandwich or brushing more frequently. In other cases it’s a tip off that it’s time to pay a visit to your dentist to find a solution to your problem.
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