Whether you’re ramping up for a hot date or you’re going out for your 40th anniversary, bad breath can really kill a romantic mood. Breath affects your life beyond your relationship with a significant other. Your coworkers are going to bear the brunt of your bad breath if you are sitting close together. Your friends will have to hide their grimace when they catch a whiff of your halitosis during a conspiratorial conversation. Your children won’t hide their distaste for the odor coming from your mouth when you help them with their homework. Katy, TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, wants to make sure you aren’t forced to deal with embarrassing situations like these. Find out how you fair on this true-or-false quiz about bad breath.
Q1. True or false – Bad breath is most often a result of internal health problems as opposed to anything having to do with your oral health.
Q2. True or false – When you eat onions or garlic, all you have to do is brush your teeth right after and your breath will be fine.
Q3. True or false – Antibacterial mouthrinses reduce the germs that contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis.
Q4. True or false – Chronic bad breath can be a sign of gum disease.
A1. FALSE – While it is true that a range of internal health problems (as well as medications for them) can cause bad breath, the most common reasons for halitosis are pungent foods, poor oral hygiene, or infections of the teeth and gums.
A2. FALSE – You will actually need to wait until you’ve completely digested pungent foods before bad breath side effects will completely go away. Oral hygiene only covers up the odor temporarily when you are dealing with food induced halitosis.
A3. TRUE – Failing to brush and floss teeth with regularity will result in bacterial growth. Germs feed on any food particles which contain sucrose. Punctuating your oral hygiene with an antibacterial mouthwash will make sure your mouth is as free of food debris and germs as possible.
A4. TRUE – A persistent case of bad breath is often a warning sign of gum disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease occurs because of an overgrowth of certain bacteria which irritate, inflame, and infect your gums. As your gum tissues swell, periodontal pockets will develop. Food and bacteria can congregate and fester in these pouches, creating terrible halitosis.
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Dr. Colin Lathrop is an experienced and widely respected dentist serving patients in the Katy TX area. Patients can contact Dr. Lathrop at 832-437-3849 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.