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Ignoring oral health could lead to a smelly situation
Updated: 1/20/2012 5:00:00 PM

Ignoring oral health could lead to a smelly situation  

People should brush their teeth at least twice a day to remove the plaque the builds up as a result of eating and drinking. According to the American Dental Association, this plaque can lead to tooth decay by weakening enamel. Recently, Texas' Fox News affiliate reported on another thing that can result from ignoring dental health - bad breath.

The news source spoke to dietitian Jennifer Gorman who said that the major culprits of bad breath are poor diet and poor dental hygiene. According to the expert, skipping daily brushing and flossing and not visiting the dentist regularly can lead to a build up of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth.

"Brush your teeth twice a day, floss twice a day. And make sure that you're seeing your dentist twice a year. So about every six months, you will want to get a cleaning. You do want to make sure you replace your tooth brush every two to three months. Bacteria buildup on the tooth brush can also be a source of extra bacteria adding into the body," said Gorman, quoted by the news source.

She added that while onions and garlic are great sources of antioxidants, keep in mind that the smells these foods produce can stay with a person for up to 24 hours.

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