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Ask Your Dentist for Advice on Bad Breath

Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. We’ve all had friends, relatives and co-workers with less than fresh breath. We turn away when they talk, or shy away when they kiss. Why? Because there’s just no easy way to bring up such a sensitive subject.

But your dentist is an expert in bad breath and won’t cringe at the mention of the issue. Dentists are taught in dental school about the oral causes of bad breath. They know how conditions of the mouth are affected by conditions in other parts of the body, and they may have a treatment that can help.

When you see the dentist, it is a good idea to explain in advance that you will be asking for advice about bad breath. Also, try to go with someone who is familiar with the problem, to help give the dentist an objective picture of how bad the odor really is, how long it has been going on, and when it improves or gets worse. Since bad breath often varies, a family member or friend can also help determine whether the odor at the time of the appointment resembles, both in character and intensity, the odor that is generally troublesome. If you have reason to believe that there is a problem, see your dentist.

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