What Causes Bad Breath and How a Dentist Can Help

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What Causes Bad Breath and How a Dentist Can Help

Bad breath is commonly referred to by dentists as halitosis, and it just may be the most embarrassing thing that you have experienced in your life, as well as the effects it tends to have on your life. As we all know, many people experience bad breath on a daily basis, which is why there are so many products on shelves that provide temporary relief from it, such as certain gums, mints, mouthwashes, and more. However, many people do not know that their habits and even health conditions are to blame for the bad breath they experience every day. Today we will take a closer look at what causes halitosis and how a dentist may be able to help you.

When It’s Serious, and When It’s Not

bad breath dentistMost of the time, halitosis is caused by bad oral hygiene habits. People don’t brush enough, or forget that they should brush their teeth and tongue after eating. Sometimes it’s as simple as a patient skipping out on using dental floss or drinking plenty of water. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Food: When food particles break down around your teeth, bacteria is increased. While your body is digesting these foods, you may experience bad breath.
  • Tobacco: Smoking can cause unpleasant odors, as well as other risks to a person’s mouth.
  • Poor Hygiene: Food particles can remain in your mouth for a long time if you are not a regular brusher or flosser. Your tongue also traps bacteria, which can lead to bad breath.
  • Dry Mouth: Saliva can help remove the particles that cause bad breath, which is why if you experience dry mouth, you could experience bad breath as well. Dry mouth happens during sleep, which is why many people have “morning breath” shortly after they wake up.
  • Medications: Certain medications lead to dry mouth, which leads to bad breath.

Other times, it is something more serious. For instance, if you have a bad breath following surgery in your mouth, it could be a sign of infection. It could also stem from small stones found in your tonsils, or stomach problems like chronic reflux and more. One of the other causes is called periodontal disease.

When Periodontal Disease Causes Bad Breath

If your bad breath is caused by periodontal disease, you will either be treated by your dentist or referred to a periodontist, who is able to treat your gum tissues. Periodontal disease occurs when your gums are infected with bacteria. Most of the time, the symptoms you will experience are painful, swollen, and bleeding gums, as well as bad breath. The reason why periodontal disease is treated so seriously is that it is connected to many serious issues in humans, from heart disease to strokes, to premature births, diabetes risks, and more.

As you can see, there are many reasons to turn to a dentist if you are experiencing bad breath, as it could be a sign of bigger problems. We have a mission to help you if you are experiencing dental problems or just need another option in dentistry for you and your family. If you are looking for a dentist who hopes to prevent disease and help you keep your teeth clean, call McBride Dental at 760-471-1003 for more information.











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