It seems like there are millions of mints, gums and mouthwashes out there all claiming to help our bad breath. But, instead of masking it, we want to help you learn about the root causes and how you can treat it. Bad breath, medically called Halitosis, usually results from the buildup of bacteria in the mouth.
Halitosis is commonly caused by the following culprits;
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Not brushing and flossing regularly can lead to bad breath because trapped food particles will promote foul smelling bacteria growth.
- Gum Disease: Bad breath that doesn’t go away after brushing and flossing may be due to gum disease or bone loss. Gum Disease is called Gingivitis. Bone loss is also known as periodontal disease. This is caused by the build up of plaque and bacteria. If you suspect gum disease might be the cause of your bad breath, see you dentist right away. Gum disease can lead to more serious problems, such as tooth loss. Getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis – minimally a 6 month recall can help reduce your chances of getting bone loss.
- Dentures: The same bacteria that grow on your natural teeth can also grow on dentures if you don’t clean them regularly and thoroughly.
- Cavities: Bacteria in the mouth that has destroyed the tooth enamel and caused decay can also cause bad odor. Even a tiny amount of dental decay can produce a very bad smell.
- Diseases: There are various other illnesses that can lead to bad breath. These including respiratory tract infections, sinus infections, diabetes, acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems. There are also tonsil stones that can form in the tonsil area that produce a sulfur smell.
If you have chronic bad breath, It is important to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists right away. Please call us at 920 733 2445.