You could have bad breath and not even realize it. Your friends and family, your co-workers, and even complete strangers may be aware that you suffer from bad breath but are either too polite to say anything or else aren’t willing to embarrassing you.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is easily avoidable. Yet an estimated 50 to 65 percent of people have it and may not even know it, according to the American Dental Association.
Do You Have Halitosis?
If you have bad breath, you probably don’t know it. You may be accustomed to the taste of your breath and don’t realize it’s bad. And because you breathe out rather than in, other people are more likely to notice your bad breath than you.
How many times have you smelled somebody else’s breath and thought, “Wow! Don’t they realize how bad their breath smells?” The sad truth is that it’s more likely than not that other people are thinking the same thing about you!
The Cure for Halitosis
Fortunately, most cases of halitosis can easily be cured. The majority of people with bad breath have it because they don’t follow routine daily dental care. Most bad breath is caused by food particles decaying in the creases and recesses of your teeth, as well as by a buildup of plaque on the surfaces of your teeth.
If you brush twice daily to remove plaque and floss regularly to remove decaying food particles, it can improve the quality of your breath. Plus, gargling daily with mouthwash will kill many of the germs that cause bad breath.
Finally, it’s important that you see your dentist regularly. Dentists can identify and fix problems that can cause or aggravate bad breath.
Do you have bad breath? Make sure you don’t by scheduling an appointment with your dentist today!