Halitosis Or Chronic Bad Breath
If popping mints or spraying mouth fresheners after a meal and even otherwise are ineffective in getting rid of continuing bad breath—then there is a problem. Some meals do need a mint after eating to mask the smell of say, garlic or onion, but when such measures don’t stop the near-constant presence of bad breadth, the problem is complicated and its persistence an indication of poor oral health. There are several treatments that can completely resolve halitosis or chronic bad breath by striking at the root to remove embarrassing symptoms and give back your oral health—giving you the confidence to eat and talk with people in private and in public without feeling flustered.
How Is Halitosis Caused?
There are many reasons that can cause bad breath in people. These are given and discussed below.
Smoking and Tobacco
If left untreated, bad bacteria can trigger an infection. Bad bacteria can cause periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, and is a frequently reported oral health infection in dental clinics. And it is bacteria or plaque that leads to gum disease.
It’s a valid and accepted medical fact that our body needs good bacteria for a healthy body. But there are many forms of bad bacteria, which can create serious risks to your oral health. Your mouth is especially vulnerable as it is a natural breeding ground for bacteria, and helped by hot conditions, stimulates the infection leading to bad breath.
Consuming food items such as garlic or onions can cause Halitosis, but the problem is that bacteria in any food item or ingredient can trigger or worsen bad breath.
The saliva in our mouth serves as a natural means of defense for your mouth and also enables better overall health. Inadequate saliva makes your mouth more susceptible to an infection. A dry mouth medical condition is caused due to malfunctioning saliva glands, specific medications, or exhaling or inhaling orally.
Tobacco and Smoking
The use of tobacco can irritate your gum tissues, increase the risk of gum disease, and impact your sense of smell and taste.
The bad smell or taste emanating from your mouth may have its origin in another organ of your body. Halitosis can be due to gastric reflux, diabetes, a sinus condition, kidney disease, or liver disease. In such a case, your dentist will have to work with your physician to plan the treatment for the problem.
Good oral hygiene and a healthy, balanced diet are essential if you want to ensure good breath. As directed by your dentist, you should brush and floss, keep your dental appliances clean, use mouthwash, and visit your dentist for frequent dental checkups to attain good oral health. Dr. Scott Jett and his skilled team have a lot experience to help detect the cause of your bad breath and offer a customized treatment plan to not only restore your mouth’s health but also give back your confidence.