Bad Breath (Halitosis)

 

Halitosis, or bad breath, is an embarrassing problem that nearly everyone knows, yet few want to talk about. If you're dealing with persistent bad breath every day, there may be an underlying hygiene issue or health concern that we can help you address.

 

Bad breath has many causes, such as:        

 

  • Odor-causing foods

  • Tooth decay

  • Periodontal (gum) disease

  • Bacteria growing on the tongue

  • Dry mouth

  • Use of tobacco products

  • Sinus or respiratory infections

  • Improperly cleaned dentures

  • Poor oral hygiene

  • Systemic Medical Condition: Sometimes bad breath is the result of conditions present in parts of the body other than your mouth, such as respiratory infection, diabetes, or kidney/liver issues.

 

We can help find the cause of bad breath and if it’s due to an oral condition, we can set up a treatment plan to get rid of this problem. Treatment may be easier than you think.

 

Here are some quick tips for preventing bad breath:

 

  • Have regular dental visits for a professional exam and cleaning.

  • Keep your mouth moist by drinking water or enjoying sugarless mints/gum.

  • Brush twice a day and brush your tongue, too. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth once a day.

  • Use an alcohol-free, antimicrobial mouth rinse for added protection.

  • Make a list of over-the-counter and prescribed medications that you take. Some may cause bad breath.

  • Look for oral hygiene products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, a symbol of safety and effectiveness.

  • If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night. Clean them carefully before putting them back in your mouth the next morning.

  • Remember that the smell of strong or spicy foods may linger for a few day

 

 

Please contact our office at (832) 663-9024 or info@springpremierdental.com to discuss ways to put an end to this problem, or to ask us any questions about how to keep your gums and teeth healthy. As always, we appreciate you choosing Spring Premier Dental as your dental care provider.