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Many Americans are lacking dental insurance, which may mean that they skip regular trips to the dentist. That may increase their risk of gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis. While it may not seem like a big deal, bad breath can actually seriously impact a person's life and keep them from finding the right job. The Connection, a newspaper in Virginia, recently spoke to dentists about how bad breath can threaten many aspects of an individual's life.
"I have heard many stories about bad breath ruining people's lives: business executives losing their jobs, young people whose dating lives were ruined, and even a few engagements and one marriage that were broken off," said McLean resident and halitosis specialist Richard A. Miller, D.D.S., quoted by the news source.
The dentist added that finding the cause of severe halitosis can be a complicated and expensive process. This is why it's important for people to go to the dentist for regular cleanings to combat dental health problems that lead to bad breath before it gets out of control.
The American Dental Association states that bad breath can be the sign of a medical disorder, which is why it's important for people who experience persistent halitosis to go to the dentist. The organization states that brushing the tongue as well as the teeth is one good way to help prevent halitosis.
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