Bad Breath

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Oddly enough, bad breath – also called "halitosis" – is an affliction you can have and not even know it. Cupping your hands in your mouth and sniffing the air that comes out won’t tell you if your breath is bad; the offending odor comes from the back of the mouth and is only forced out when you speak.

Here are a few methods to try that might reveal unpleasant breath odor:

  • Pull your tongue forward with one hand, and with the other, wipe the back of your tongue for about 15 seconds with a clean cotton ball. Wait a few minutes and sniff the cotton ball; if it smells bad, this could mean you have bad breath.
  • Floss a few of your back teeth with a piece of unflavored, unwaxed dental floss. Again, wait a few minutes and then sniff the floss. It’s likely that this is what your breath smells like.
  • Do you frequently have a bad taste in your mouth? If you do, that’s a clue that you might have bad breath.
  • Ask for a truthful answer from a trusted friend or family member. Yes, the truth can be embarrassing, but knowledge is power! Now you can do something about it!

"If a person has persistent bad breath to the point it’s disturbing themselves and other people, they should see a doctor or dentist," said Beatrice Gandara, research assistant professor at the University of Washington Oral Medicine Clinic. Chronic bad breath is frequently a sign of periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss; it’s been linked to other health problems, as well. For these reasons, periodontal disease should never be ignored.

....................................................................................Sources - The American Dental Association
......................................................................................................The University of Washington Oral Medicine Clinic

Breath Rx is a complete breath management system to treat halitosis (bad breath). It consists of mouth rinse, toothpaste, tongue conditioning gel, tongue cleaners, and daily breath spray. If you have any questions about Breath Rx , please ask us at your next visit or send us an email.

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