Is Your Breath Fresh Enough for Mistletoe? Try this Quiz
Are you ready to deck those halls with boughs of holly, and adorn strategic spots of the ceiling with traditional holiday mistletoe? Most people enjoy an extra excuse to grab a kiss from their sweetie. But what if you get caught underneath the festive plant with terrible breath? Various dental health issues, and overall health issues, as well as what you eat, can affect how your breath smells. Don’t avoid the mistletoe this year. Dr. Brock Lynn, your Dallas dentist, challenges you to a quiz on keeping your mouth fresh and ready for a holiday kiss with the object of your affection.
Q1. True or false – Gum disease can cause bad breath.
Q2. True or false – Bad breath caused by food will not end until the food is completely digested
Q3. True or false – Halitosis is another name for bad breath.
A1. TRUE – You’ve probably heard this time and again from your dental team, and you likely know what to do, but sometimes, busy times of the year force us to neglect our oral hygiene. Gum disease can contribute to bad breath issues, since bacteria are causing infection in your mouth. At least mild gum disease has a great prevalence in America, with approximately 80% of the American population being affected. Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss once a day, along with bi-annual cleanings and checkups with your dentist, and you may find yourself one of the lucky 20 percent that doesn’t have gum disease.
A2. TRUE – Food is a big part of celebrating during the holidays. Even if you brush your teeth and floss regularly, certain foods (garlic and onions, for example) promote bad breath. If you can’t resist food that lead to bad breath, brushing, mouthwash, eating a mint, or chewing some sugar-free gum can help, but will only mask the odors until the offending food is completely digested and eliminated from your system.
A3. TRUE – Halitosis is the clinical term for bad breath problems.
Dental Checkups in Dallas
If you have concerns about halitosis, or you’d like to arrange a holiday dental checkup, please call Lynn Dental Care (972-934-1400). Our beautiful office in the 75240 proudly serves patients from communities such as Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and surrounding areas.