Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, can be unpleasant and embarrassing. Some people with bad breath aren’t even aware that there is a problem.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential in reducing bad breath. It is important to also schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning.
Dental cleanings and routine exams with Doctor Kwan and Doctor Hsu can catch any developing issues before they become significant.
Some of the causes of bad breath are:
- Certain foods such as garlic and onions
- Infrequent eating
- Lack of good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing twice a day and cleaning your tongue of bacteria.
- Dry mouth or xerostomia, which can occur with use of medications, salivary gland problems or breathing through the mouth.
- Use of tobacco products
- Medical disorders such as local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbances, and liver or kidney ailments.
Saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids produced by plaque, and wash away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be a side effect of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.
Mouthwashes are generally cosmetic and do not have a long-lasting effect on bad breath. Your dentist may recommend the use of an antimicrobial rinse as part of your daily hygiene regimen.
For people that experience bad breath, it is important to keep a log of the foods eaten. Also, keep a list of the medications taken daily. Let your dentist know of any changes since your last appointment, such as illness or surgery.
Gum disease is a direct correlation to a buildup of plaque on teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can permanently damage the gums and jawbone.
Other dental causes of bad breath include poor fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental caries (cavities).
If you have bad breath, call or email us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kwan or Dr. Hsu. They can help identify the cause and help develop a treatment plan to help end the problem. Bad breath doesn’t have to hold you back anymore!