Do you ever wonder why your breath always seems to turn people away? It might be time to schedule an appointment with The Plano Dentist. Today’s post offers some answers to frequent questions about bad breath.and oral health in Plano Texas.
Q. My wife says my breath is repulsive, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can multiply and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can explore other possible causes of your bad breath.
Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not eliminate food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference for your oral health in Plano Texas.
Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and emits a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can cause smelly breath. Antihistamines can lessen post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth hydrated, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production and rinse with a non-alcohol based mouthwash.
Q. What health conditions can cause bad breath?
A. As explained before, any condition that lessens saliva generation can cause halitosis, also know as bad breath. It is also a common side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver are failing, you have bigger problems. Overall, any disease which effects your oral health in Plano Texas may also cause bad breath.
Q. Why did my breath become unbearable when I went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were possibly the culprit. Ketones are created when the body digests fat—which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, sounds like you weren’t cheating on your diet!
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