Here at Heartland Endodontics & Periodontics, we see patients every day for all kinds of different oral health problems. One of the more common issues we see is patients complaining about halitosis or bad breath. The name may make this seem like a complicated condition, but in reality, it amounts to just having stinky breath. According to experts, more than 80 million people suffer from bad breath related to their oral health. However, although it may seem like a simple inconvenience, bad breath could be a warning sign of major oral health issues. Continue reading to learn more about halitosis, the causes, and how you can prevent it.
You may think that seeing a dentist is a pain, but there are many reasons you should reconsider this opinion. Dental check-ups are a critical part of preventative care because they can help patients detect underlying problems, reduce plaque on teeth, and decrease bacteria build-up that can lead to cavities. Dentists can also help determine the source of bad breath, recommend special products to eliminate symptoms, and recommend an additional specialist if your bad breath is not related to your oral health. All in all, seeing a dentist doesn’t seem so bad when it can help keep your body healthy, strong, and free from problems.
Bacteria, left-over food particles, and poor oral hygiene are usually the main causes of chronic mouth odor. Once food particles sit for a period of time in the mouth, they produce a sulfur odor, as well as an increased risk of tooth decay. This is why it is very important to keep your mouth clean and free of food particles. Not to worry though! Brushing and flossing can get your oral health back on track and help reduce that nasty taste in your mouth.
Another substance that could be creating bad breath problems is foods with strong odors. Strong foods like onions, peppers, garlic can stay on your breath for days after they have been ingested. This is due in large part to the fact that odors from foods and drinks do not go away until the foods have been completely digested. Consequently, fouls odors stay on your breath for up to three days after consumption.
Some additional causes of halitosis could be postnasal drip, acid reflux, liver or kidney problems, diabetes, dry mouth, bronchitis, or pneumonia.
Healthy saliva levels keep oral odors at bay by washing away food particles and dangerous bacteria from your mouth and the spaces between teeth. This is why it is so important to keep your mouth sufficiently moist by drinking enough water and using lubricant mouthwashes if necessary. One of the reasons we have “morning breath” is because saliva production slows and bacteria can grow inside the mouth while we sleep. This makes brushing first thing in the morning even more of a necessity!
You may not even think about it, but that nasty taste in your mouth could be a warning sign of a serious problem with your oral health. Unfortunately, problems like gum disease, tooth decay, periodontal disease, sinus infections, yeast growth, and poorly fitting dental appliances can also cause bad breath.
The best way to combat that bad breath problem is by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash every day. Other ways to fight your halitosis are:
With proper dental care, halitosis is curable or preventable for most patients. If you would like to know more about our services, dental implant candidacy, or your financing options, check out the rest of our specially designed infosite or come see us today. If you live in the Sebring, FL area, give us a call now for a dental implants consultation and get a better smile today.
Dr. Michael Kirsch
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