Have you ever seen someone grimace when you spoke too close to them? If so, you may have had bad breath. This happens to all of us from time-to-time, but for some, it can be a chronic issue. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to challenge you to a quiz on ways to combat bad breath.
Q1. True or false – Chronic bad breath can be ended by changing your diet. Q2. True or false – Good oral hygiene can combat bad breath. Q3. True or false – Smokers breath goes away once your body gets used to tobacco.
A1. FALSE – Halitosis can be the result of lifestyle habits such as alcohol and smoking. If you were to eat onions and garlic every night, you would probably have chronic bad breath. However, generally halitosis is the result of underlying oral or overall health issues. A2. TRUE – Within reason. Brushing and flossing twice a day will remove food particles and odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. But don’t forget to brush your tongue (or even use a tongue scraper). Bacteria can be the reason for bad breath, and they like to congregate and multiply in the back of your mouth. A3. FALSE – Tobacco products of all types are sure to cause unpleasant mouth odors that will make you less kissable. Even if you are a life-long non-smoker, you probably know what your Farmington Hills dentist is talking about. Smoker’s breath is particularly offensive and gets to a point where it lingers between cigarettes, cigars, or dips of chewing tobacco. If you want a leg up on maintaining fresh breath, kick the tobacco habit. You’ll also be lowering your risk for oral cancer.
Bad Breath Help from Farmington Hills Dentist
If you continue to experience bad breath despite taking preventive measures, discuss this with your dentist at your next checkup and cleaning. Call your Farmington Hills dentist at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with our 48335 dentist office today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.