Did you know that halitosis is just a funny word for bad breath?

If you suffer from halitosis, you’re in good company. Nearly 65{dcbe0cd52ce35e2f156887e14605e24111ce99c14f01d3853732956d43020bdd} of Americans have this stinky problem. Halitosis makes speaking, eating, and even breathing embarrassing! There are so many over-the-counter products that claim to conquer bad breath, but they only cover up the real problem. Chewing gum, mouthwash, and mint candies won’t help long term.

Why do I have halitosis?

The bad odor that you smell when exhaling can be the result of many things. For the vast majority, it stems from food particles left in the mouth after a meal. If we don’t brush after eating, food can stick to our teeth and tongue, then begin to decay. This gives our breath an odor that’s anything but pleasant.

Halitosis may also signify gum disease. If your gums become red, swollen, and puffy, or if they bleed brushing, you might have gum disease. And the sulfur compounds produced by plaque are intensely odiferous. Tooth decay also causes foul breath.

How can I eliminate bad breath?

Brushing and flossing every day will make a big difference in the smell of your breath. Try to brush 3 times a day, after every meal. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too. This will get rid of those pesky food particles that linger after you eat.

Your dental check-ups are vital to fresh breath, as well. Dr. Locke needs to see you every six months to keep your teeth and gums in prime condition. Cavities and gum disease are treatable causes of bad breath, and Dr. Locke will address these issues at your checkups.

Other tips include: keep your mouth moist with water all day, refrain from eating onions and garlic outside of your house, and stop smoking immediately.

Dr. Corbet Locke, a family dentist in Waco, Texas, treats patients with bad breath and other oral health issues. Call (254) 776-4888 to schedule your appointment today.