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If you suffer from bad breath, you’re not alone. Medically known as halitosis, bad breath affects 50% of adults at some point in their lives.1 It’s a very common, yet treatable, condition.
Brushing twice a day and flossing daily ensure the removal of small food particles that can build up and cause odor-producing bacteria to grow. When those particles are not removed, a colorless, sticky film of bacteria, or plaque, forms to your teeth. And, it’s not just the bacteria on your teeth that cause bad breath. Your tongue can also trap bacteria and create an odor.
Bad breath can be an indicator of advanced gum disease, which is a buildup of sticky, cavity-causing plaque.
Saliva is important, because it naturally cleanses your mouth, removing food particles that cause bad odors. If you don’t produce enough saliva, your mouth isn’t able to wash out the odor-causing bacteria.
The list of breath-offending foods is long, including garlic, onions, coffee and certain spices. What you eat affects the air you exhale.
Tobacco products cause their own types of mouth odor. Additionally, they increase the chances of gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.
While bad breath can be embarrassing, there are many simple solutions you can incorporate into your daily oral health routine.
If your bad breath persists, see your dentist. Your dentist will be able to help you identify any potential oral health problems, provide you with a recommended treatment plan or refer you to another specialist
Need a dentist near home, work or your kids' school? With one of the largest networks in the country, we make it easy to find a dentist who fits your location and your schedule.
* All TruAssure dental plans, other than Basic and Preferred dental plans, are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the DenteMax, United Concordia and Connection dental networks. TruAssure Basic and Preferred dental plans for both group and individual members are offered in association with the DenteMax dental network.
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