Your general dentist not only understands the cause of bad breath, but how to control it as well. Most adults have had to deal with bad breath at least once in their lifetime. This unpleasant condition often comes with embarrassment, especially in social situations. Instead of having to pop a mint in your mouth before talking to friends, family and coworkers, our general dentistry office can help you get to the root cause of the problem and eliminate bad breath for good.
What is the cause of bad breath?
Bad breath is a very common issue affecting people of all ages and walks of life. Most cases are mild to moderate and can be cleared with a simple trip to the general dentist. However, severe, long-lasting halitosis could be a sign of a more complicated issue.
If the mouth has a sticky, parched feeling it may be a sign of dry mouth. This condition is characterized by decreased saliva production and can develop for various reasons. Saliva plays a very important role in the natural cleaning system of the mouth. It rinses away food particles and keeps the tissue in the mouth moist so it does not get damaged. If there is not enough saliva in the mouth, bad breath can occur since the mouth is not being cleaned thoroughly.
Dry mouth can be the result of side effects from certain medications, mouth breathing (usually when the nasal passage is blocked), dehydration and even salivary gland problems.
Periodontal (gum) disease
Advanced gum disease can cause bad breath as well. Bad breath associated with periodontal disease is persistent and long-lasting. A bad taste in the mouth may be another sign of gum disease, especially if it is accompanied by bloody gums while brushing.
There are hundreds of types of bacteria naturally occurring in the mouth. Unfortunately, the bad bacteria can sometimes take over and produce waste as a result of their digestion of food leftover in the mouth. This process happens fairly quickly, which is why general dentists recommend brushing teeth after every meal to rid the mouth of bacteria.
As the bacteria in our mouth digests food particles and residue, it produces acid. This acid then eats away at enamel, causing tiny holes to form in the enamel. Tooth decay can give off a bad smell that lasts for a long period of time. Have a general dentist check out the mouth and teeth to catch any signs of tooth decay before it becomes a bigger problem than bad breath.
How to stop bad breath in its tracks
There are a few ways to keep bad breath at bay, including brushing and flossing daily, staying hydrated and having frequent dental cleanings.
Brush and floss
Brushing after every meal is ideal, but brush teeth at least twice every day to rid the mouth of bacteria. Floss between each tooth to clear those spaces of food particles and residue.
Drinking plenty of water will relieve, even cure symptoms of dry mouth and make sure the mouth is clean. Rinse the mouth after every meal to clean it.
Get frequent dental cleanings
Nothing can substitute a professional dental cleaning at a general dentistry office. Dental cleanings are incredibly important to maintaining teeth health and keeping breath fresh.
Got bad breath?
Bad breath is nothing to be ashamed of –– odds are, you are not alone in your situation. We can help you get to the bottom of your bad breath. Call our office today to start feeling confident again.
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