Bad breath is not an abnormal occurrence. However, it is possible to be a constant presence. So much so that it can be embarrassing to even breathe heavily. Also known as halitosis, over a quarter of the population, struggles with bad breath at some point. While most people experience bad breath after heavily seasoned meals or when they first wake up, others experience after smoking or drinking certain beverages. However, the causes of bad breath do not end at food. A variety of different factors can affect your breath throughout the day. It is important to know how to combat halitosis when it begins to affect you.
What Causes Bad Breath?
In most cases, bad breath is due to bacteria that is present on the teeth or tongue. So, most cases of halitosis can be attributed to poor oral hygiene, gum disease/gingivitis, or dry mouth. Fortunately, most of these conditions can be avoided by properly taking care of your teeth and getting regular dental cleanings. However, some causes of bad breath are not as simple as brushing your teeth incorrectly. Tonsillitis, respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal diseases can also cause bad breath.
If you are dealing with bad breath you can consult either your primary care physician or your primary dentist.
Treatment Methods for Bad Breath
There are a number of treatments one can perform in order to better manage their bad breath. One of the most effective methods is to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. This can remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums and keep your teeth healthy. Rinsing and gargling with mouthwash has also proven to be very effective against bad breath.
A big contributor to bad breath is tobacco and tobacco products. Tobacco products not only stain your teeth but can leave an extremely unpleasant smell. Often called “smoker’s breath”, it leaves a smell of smoke permanently on your breath. So avoiding tobacco can greatly your exposure to bad breath.
Many people do not think of the amount of bacteria that find a home on their tongue. When brushing your teeth, it is important to also remember to brush your tongue. Bacteria can settle and grow on the surface of the tongue. It could be beneficial to use a tongue scraper or a toothbrush with a tongue cleaner attached. Dry mouth and smoking can increase bacteria growth in the mouth so it is important to regularly clean your tongue.
If you are experiencing bad breath and believe it may be related to an infection, it is important to reach out to your dentist right away. If you experience bad breath after a procedure like wisdom teeth removal, the incision location may be infected. Gum disease can cause bad breath and is often one of the signs. Seeing a periodontist can help identify the problem and provide the cause of your bad breath. Getting a treatment can make all the difference and help prevent further bad breath.
Reach Out to Dental Center of Norcross Today
You do not have to be embarrassed by bad breath forever. There are ways to eliminate it and start feeling confident again. The key to defeating bad breath is taking the proper steps towards practicing good oral hygiene. We can help you make sure your teeth are in good shape and bad breath is a thing of the past. In addition to halitosis treatment, we offer a number of other dental services to ensure a bright smile, including:
- Dental Veneers
- Teeth Whitening Services
- Dental and Cavity Fillings
- Dental Crowns
- Periodontal Therapy Services
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
Do not wait to get your bad breath under control. Call 678.504.6422 today to speak to a dental expert about how to get rid of your bad breath.