Bad breath plagues almost everyone from time to time. It isn’t uncommon, and in most cases it’s not a serious issue. In fact, in most cases it goes away after a short time. However, sometimes bad breath can be a symptom of a more serious underlying problem. If you have persistent, severe bad breath, you should talk to our dentist about possible treatments.
Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is caused by the same bacteria that causes plaque, tartar, gum disease, and tooth decay. These bacteria live in the mouth and devour food particles and other detritus left behind after we eat. They are particularly fond of sugars, which is why sugary foods increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay. The waste products these bacteria leave behind are highly acidic and can also cause unpleasant odors. Therefore the buildup of bacterial waste products can eat through your teeth and can also cause bad breath.
In general, careful, regular oral hygiene will keep your bad breath under control. Brushing and flossing remove the food particles that feed the bacteria as well as a significant portion of the waste products. The sticky plaque is brushed away so it can’t build up to form tartar. It also can’t build up enough waste products to cause bad breath. If you have dentures, you should also be sure to clean them thoroughly to prevent bad breath.[pullquote]In general, careful, regular oral hygiene will keep your bad breath under control.[/pullquote]
Treatment for Bad Breath
Other treatments for bad breath can include:
- Antibacterial mouthwash
- Brushing the tongue
- Avoiding foods with strong odors
If these approaches do not help, you should see our dentist. It’s possible your bad breath is a side effect of another, possibly serious problem such as:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Sinus problems
- Dry mouth
These are problems that should be treated, and when they are treated, they should reduce your bad breath symptoms.
Call our office at 972-307-7777 and set up an appointment today.