Are you Kissable? Bad Breath

Do you get complaints in the love department when you become intimate with that special someone? Are you not kissable enough? Does your special one turn and run for the hills? Did you notice your loved one was mysteriously absent for that midnight kiss at New Year’s Eve?

  • You may be Suffering From Sinus Issues

Bad breath is not only a kiss buster but also may be a reason for a medical checkup. You may be suffering from nose and mouth issues. It may be congestion or infection of the sinuses. This lousy breath will leave once the sinus clears. But, if it remains, it may be cause for more investigation.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Flossing once a day to remove plaque between your teeth is recommended as is brushing twice a day. After cleaning at night, refrain from any drink or food. Don’t forget your tongue. It harbors a lot of germs and can be a cause of halitosis.

Clean those Removable Teeth

Rest your gums and soak your dentures and partials at night. The soak will remove the bacteria and plaque that builds up on them. Just like natural teeth, this build-up can cause bad breath.

Dry Mouth

Xerostomia is a condition of dry mouth. A lack of saliva causes the particles of food and bacteria to stick to the surfaces of the teeth and tongue. The breath is affected by the germs. Medicines can release chemicals in the mouth that causes the mouth to dry or prevent the production of saliva.

Medical Conditions

If after exploring all the above causes and you and your dentist are still perplexed, it may be time to see your physician. Chronic bad breath can be a symptom of some cancers, metabolic disorders, gastric reflux of stomach acids, and other conditions.

Breath Mints

Of course, some foods such as onions, garlic, and some spices will cause a temporary bad odor. If you reach for a breath mint make sure it is sugar-free — no need to wash your teeth with sugar in regular breath mints.

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