Halitosis is another term for chronic bad breath that can´t be solved with the regular dental hygiene like brushing or flossing your teeth. Unlike the occasional bad breath due to smelly foods , halitosis remains for a longer amount of time and can occur from a more severe condition like gum disease or tooth decay. Halitosis can be embarrassing for the patient and best be treated if the root cause of the problem is known.
There are a few causes for halitosis you may have if quick fixes like mouthwash or brushing teeth only cover up the problem for a short amount of time:
- Sinus Infections: Mouth, nose and throat issues or infections may be part why a patient experiences bad breath. Bacteria feeds on mucus your body produces during a sinus infections. That leaves you stinky and sniffy.
- Dry Mouth: The body naturally produces saliva for a few purposes. Saliva helps your dental health to rinse and remove leftover food from your mouth. It also breaks down the food you eat and provides substances to fight diseases and cavities. If you experience bad breath, not producing enough saliva and having a dry mouth may be a cause for it. Dry mouths can be triggered by excessive coffee intake, alcohol and tobacco use or certain medical conditions.
- Dental Problems: Cavities or also referred to as tooth decay is the destruction (like small holes) of your tooth enamel, the outer layer of the teeth. Cavities and gum diseases give bad breath bacteria extra hiding spots in the mouth area and can contribute to halitosis. It is extremely difficult to clean those areas.
- Smoking and Tobacco: Not only does smoking and tobacco use contribute to a dry mouth, they also leave their own odor on your breath. Tobacco products harm your body and breath. People smoking are also more likely to develop gum disease.
- Other medical conditions: Most likely halitosis is linked to something in the mouth area. However, diabetes, liver or kidney disease or gastric reflex can also be the root cause for this problem.
- If you notice that your breath hasn´t been fresh lately, start out with a regular dental hygiene. This includes:
- Brushing teeth twice daily for at about two minutes
- Clean between your teeth once a day (floss your teeth)
- Use a flouride toothpaste
- Use mouthwash
- Drink plenty of water to hydrate, cut back on tobacco, coffee and smoking
If these basic dental hygiene tricks don't work, go and see a dentist. The expert will usually be able to find the root cause for halitosis and suggest a treatment plan and good products to use.
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Lee Dentistry is located in the Oxford, MS area. Our experts at Lee Dentistry helps you to fight halitosis and implement a good regular dental hygiene. To learn more about Halitosis and Gum disease, patients can Contact us online today or call 662 513 0055.