Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can harm your social life and self-esteem. While store shelves abound with mouthwashes, breath mints, and breath-freshening toothpastes, sometimes these are not enough to solve the problem. Bad breath has many causes, from consuming strong foods such as garlic to serious medical conditions. Chronic bad breath that is not resolved by simple hygiene measures should be evaluated by a dentist. Unfortunately, others may be more aware of your halitosis than you are. Sudden or very strong bad breath requires emergency dental care as it could be a sign of serious infection.
Strongly flavored or scented foods such as garlic, onion, spices, and some cheeses can cause unpleasant breath. Alcoholic beverages can also contribute to strong breath.
Hygiene is the most important step you can take to prevent or eliminate bad breath. Food particles can become stuck between teeth and decay. Plaque, a thin coating of bacteria, can grow on improperly brushed teeth, contributing to odor and decay. It can cause periodontitis, a serious gum disease which is also a source of foul odors. A coated tongue is unsightly and can contribute to bad breath. Proper hygiene including daily flossing, brushing, and regular family dental care are the best ways to prevent halitosis.
Oral infections are another cause of foul breath. Tooth decay, gum disease, or sores in the mouth are all culprits. Surgical wounds, such as abscess drains or tooth removal, can cause very pronounced bad breath. If you know or suspect infection, disease, or decay is causing your bad breath, seek emergency dental care immediately. Family dental in Tyrone, GA, can treat you with compassion and professionalism, curing bad breath and its cause.
Some medications, once metabolized, release chemicals that are then exhaled, causing unpleasant breath. Other medicines may contribute to dry mouth, also a source of bad breath.
Smoking is a notorious cause of bad breath. While often unnoticed by smokers themselves, it is readily discerned by non-smokers. Smokers and chewers of tobacco products are also more prone to gum disease, a serious health problem as well as a source of strong odors.
Bad breath due to dry mouth may be the result of simply not drinking enough water. If you are dehydrated, you will not produce enough saliva. Saliva constantly cleanses the mouth, so it’s important to stay well-hydrated. Dry mouth can occur during sleep, particularly if you sleep with your mouth open. A medical condition known as xerostomia can cause dry mouth due to decreased saliva production. Some medications can also cause dry mouth, as can salivary gland issues and certain diseases.
Chronic inflammation and infection of the tonsils, throat, sinuses, or nose can also cause continued bad breath. Family dental in Tyrone, GA, can professionally evaluate your problem. If it is a dental problem, they can treat it for you. If it’s a medical problem, you will be referred to an appropriate specialist.