Bad Breath

Bad Breath

Having bad breath can be an embarrassing problem – especially if you are regularly face to face with other people. Known professionally as halitosis, bad breath plagues many people every day. Most cases of bad breath can be remedied by efficiently brushing the teeth. However, some types of bad breath are chronic or recurring, which may warrant a visit to the dentist.

Did you know…

that bad breath can be caused by something as simple as eating too much garlic, or that it could be a serious symptom of a disease? Some of the most common causes of bad breath include dry mouth, certain medications, use of tobacco, poor dental hygiene, and oral infections. In rare cases, bad breath may be a sign of diseases like cancer or gastroesophageal reflux.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need treatment for my bad breath?

If your bad breath does not improve despite self-care techniques, such as dietary adjustments and thorough tooth brushing, you may need to see a dentist about pursuing professional treatment. Keep in mind that short-term remedies like gum, breath mints, and mouthwash may temporarily freshen breath, but they are not a solution to the underlying problem.

What should I expect my dentist to do about my bad breath?

Your visit will begin with an examination and questions about your daily habits, such as the types of foods you eat and the medications you take. Your dentist may then inspect your mouth for signs of decay, infections or gum disease that could be causing your bad breath. If your chronic bad breath cannot be traced to an oral problem or daily habit, you may be referred to a physician for further evaluation.

Is there anything I can do to maintain better breath?

Yes. If bad breath is a source of embarrassment for you, try to keep breath fresheners on-hand at all times. Sleep with your mouth closed, as this prevents dry mouth and helps tame morning breath. Eliminate odor-causing foods from your diet, such as garlic and onions, and make an effort to brush your teeth and tongue every morning and night. Finally, be sure to visit your dentist for professional cleanings at least twice per year to remove built-up plaque that can cause chronic halitosis.

Author
Springfield Dental Solutions

You Might Also Enjoy...

My Medications and My Dental Health

Your doctor prescribed you some medications, and you are feeling like a million bucks. But, you've also noticed some side effects in your mouth. Some medications can have side effects that manifest themselves in your mouth and affect your dental health.

Know How to Prevent Cavities? Follow These 5 Tips

Tooth decay is caused by acidic bacteria that thrive inside of the mouth. Most people think that to avoid getting cavities, all they need to do is not snack on candy all day. Although candy can contribute to decay, it's not the primary cause.

Seal Out Tooth Decay

Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew. There’s another safe way to help keep those teeth clean called a sealant.

What Diseases Can Your Dentist Find?

We know that your dentist's main priority is to look for signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease. But what you may not know is that your dentist is also checking your mouth for signs of diseases that originate elsewhere in the body.

What Mouth Rinse is Right for Me?

You head to your local pharmacy, and as you're picking up a tube of toothpaste and some dental floss, you notice the mouth rinses. There seems to be a vast number of choices, and you're not sure what to buy. This guide will help you choose the right one.

How to Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is probably a standard part of your daily routine, but chances are you aren’t following the American Dental Association’s guidelines for cleaning your teeth properly.