Bad Breath is More Than Embarrassing…It Could Be Cause For Concern
Eek! Is That Smell Coming From My Mouth? Onions & garlic & tuna…oh my! These are the usual suspects when it comes to bad breath. Your mouth not only needs a mint after eating these foods, your entire body feels like it needs a good scrub to rid yourself of pungent odors. But what about that persistent smell when you wake up? Or, that musty smell when you haven’t talked in a while and then you open your mouth to say something? How does your breath smell after a rigid diet high in protein and low in carb? If your breath smells malodorous after any of these scenarios, it’s time to get to the root of the issue.
Your Tongue Has A Lot To Say
Tongue bacteria causes awful smelling compounds and fatty acids which account for almost 90 percent all cases of mouth-related bad breath. The back part of your tongue does not typically get a ton of action or attention, and tends to be relatively dry. We also do not do a great job at cleaning our tongues and reaching all the way back there to discard any unwanted bacteria that have formed. This area is continually forming a coating of food debris, dead cells, postnasal drip and overlying bacteria both living and dead, which is why we should be extra diligent about scrubbing this area clean.
Halitosis is Not Part of a Song From Mary Poppins
Halitosis can form from waste products growing below the gum line which have a very foul smell and produce intense bath breath. Removal of tartar (hard plaque) will definitely improve odor considerably. If you are concerned about your bad breath, you should consider seeing the dentist more than once a year, because you could be in the early stages of halitosis. Mints are not the answer. You are masking a larger problem that could result in losing your teeth or worse, heart conditions over time. Manhattan Dental Spa is here to help. Schedule an appointment today with one of our special hygienists who will help you get to the fresh breath you desire.