It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Your date is heading straight for the mistletoe, and you’re going to get your big moment to steal a kiss. After all, it’s tradition, right? Unfortunately, if you have halitosis (chronic bad breath) the thought of being caught under the mistletoe with the object of your affection might sound like a nightmare. Your Lafayette dentist has a true or false quiz to see if you’re prepared to deal with bad breath.
Q1. True or false – Bad breath is a sign of internal health problems; not poor dental health.
Q2. True or false – Brushing your teeth after foods that bring about pungent breath (like garlic and onions, for example) will make the offensive odors go away.
Q3. True or false – Antibacterial mouthwash can reduce the bacteria that contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
Q4. True or false – Chronic bad breath can be a sign of gum disease.
A1. FALSE – Halitosis can result from a range of health problems, certain types of food, poor oral hygiene, or problems with teeth and gums.
A2. FALSE – As you digest food it is absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to your lungs they which can result in bad breath as you breathe out. When it comes to consuming foods with strong odors, your oral hygiene practices only cover up the odor. Bad breath in this case will not be alleviated until the offending foods have completely digested and left your body.
A3. TRUE – Failing to brush and floss teeth with regularity will result in bacteria content growing. Bacteria feed on food particles, so keeping your mouth free of remnants of breakfast, lunch, and dinner will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Antibacterial mouthwashes can help reduce bacteria further.
A4. TRUE – A persistent case of halitosis can be a warning sign of periodontal disease (gum disease). Gum disease is a result of an overgrowth of certain bacteria that can irritate the gums. As the gums become puffy, swollen, and develop periodontal pockets where food and more bacteria can fester, bad breath is a likely side effect.
Bad Breath? Call Your Lafayette Dentist
If you are experiencing bad breath issues, or are concerned about gum disease, and you live in the 70508 zip code, or surrounding communities, schedule an appointment with Dr. Young. You can reach our Lafayette dentist office at (337) 237-6453.