Summer Lovin’ Won’t Be a Blast If You Have Halitosis

It’s that fun-in-the-sun time of year. Days at the beach, nights staying up late sipping a cocktail under the stars. Summer can be a very romantic time of year. If you’re dating someone knew, in the middle of a wonderful marriage, or reconnecting with your honey now that the kids are all out of the house, nothing can kill a great kiss…

It’s that fun-in-the-sun time of year. Days at the beach, nights staying up late sipping a cocktail under the stars. Summer can be a very romantic time of year. If you’re dating someone knew, in the middle of a wonderful marriage, or reconnecting with your honey now that the kids are all out of the house, nothing can kill a great kiss like bad breath. Various dental health issues, and overall health issues, as well as what you eat, can affect how your breath smells. Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, would like to tell you more about the causes of bad breath, and how you might deal with it.

Oral Hygiene for Better Breath

Among the many possible causes of bad breath, gum disease is a common one. Periodontal disease can contribute to bad breath as a result of bacteria creating infection in your mouth. Gum disease is so prevalent in America, with approximately 80% of the American population being affected to some degree. Brush thoroughly twice-a-day and floss once-a-day, along with bi-annual cleanings and checkups with your Knoxville dentist, and you may find yourself one of the lucky 20% that doesn’t have gum disease.

You Are What You Eat

Food can be a big part of dating and relationships. Even if you brush your teeth and floss regularly, certain foods (garlic and onions, for example) naturally promote bad breath. If you can’t resist foods and beverages that lead to bad breath, brushing, mouthwash, eating a mint, or chewing some sugar-free gum can help temporarily. Unfortunately, these solutions only mask bad breath odors. The food has to be completely digested and eliminated from your system before the offensive odors will be gone. If you seem to have a particularly strong reaction to certain foods in terms of halitosis, simply avoid them when you expect a romantic night.

Dental Checkups from Knoxville Dentist

Are you due for a dental checkup, or have you been experiencing unsual symptoms such as halitosis? For a consultation with your Knoxville dentist, contact our 37919 dentist office at 865-329-7815. Dr. Erpenbach as well as our team of dental professionals. We are happy to serve patients in Knoxville and surrounding communities.