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Trying to smell your own breath is literally impossible, and if you think that blowing into your hand and taking a big whiff is going to tell you if your breath is offensive, you are in for a surprise.  

Chronic halitosis affects billions of people all over the world, but the sad thing is most are not even aware that their breath is making people turn away in fear. Your Dentist in Westlake will tell you that nearly 90 percent of bad breath is oral, not systemic. That means unless you are suffering from diabetes or another systemic disease, your chronic halitosis is a direct result of oral hygiene.

According to research over one billion dollars is spent every year on products that are meant to,“Cure,” your bad breath, unfortunately most have been proven ineffective. If you suffer from halitosis and popped a breath mint, don’t be surprised if your bad breath returns when you open your mouth thinking it’s okay to whisper sweet nothings into your new girlfriends ear.

If you occasionally skip flossing, food particles will be caught between your teeth eventually ending up below your gum line. Once this happens, bacteria will begin to collect. This releases an unpleasant odor resulting in bad breath. Your Westlake Dentist recommends that you brush twice and floss once a day to get rid of plaque. If plaque is allowed to accumulate, it will begin to harden into a substance your Dentist in Westlake refers to as plaque.

Odorous foods can also be the culprit. Spicy foods, onions, and garlic will remain on your breath up to 72 hours after digestion. Garlic and especially onions are absorbed into your bloodstream transferring into your lungs. That garlic fettuccine that you thought was a distant memory may still be on your breath.

Gingivitis and periodontal disease could also be to blame for your breath. Bleeding gums are a sure sign that you need to schedule an appointment with your Westlake Dentist. Gum disease often goes unnoticed and can lead to more serious issues including tooth loss.

If bad breath has been affecting your social life, schedule a check up with your Dentist in Westlake. Dr. David Hakimi and Dr. Armon Eben will be able to determine the cause of your chronic halitosis coming up with a plan to get rid of your bad breath once and for all.

February 01, 2014 | Uncategorized Back to Blog

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