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Good dental health can mean no bad breath
Updated: 10/12/2009 3:00:25 PM

Good dental health can mean no bad breath Good teeth cleaning habits sometimes aren't enough to get rid of bad breath, but there are other possible solutions that people should know about.

Dr. Constance Wilson is a dentist from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, who says that individuals with chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, should consider contacting a dental hygiene professional to see if the problem can be remedied.

"People tend to like dogs, even ones with bad breath. They simply chalk it up to a dog being a dog," said Dr. Wilson. "However, when we non-canines emit bad breath, the reception tends to be quite different. Fortunately, many times bad breath can be treated by a simple visit to the dentist."

There are a number of reasons a person might have bad breath, according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA). Certain foods and ingredients like onions and garlic are sometimes responsible. But bad dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, which is sometimes accompanied by unpleasant breath.

When self-care techniques such as flossing regularly and brushing multiple times a day aren't enough to prevent bad breath, it may be time to see a dentist, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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