What is halitosis?
Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a problem that is not easily fixed with mints, mouthwash or good brushing. Halitosis is not only bad breath that happens after eating something stinky but it could be a sign of a more serious disease.
Some things that may cause halitosis include dental issues, mouth, nose and throat infections, dry mouth, smoking, and tobacco, as well as other chronic conditions. Some dental issues that may cause bad breath are cavities and gum disease that hides in deep pockets. These are difficult to clear out when brushing or cleaning between teeth.
Mouth, nose, throat, and sinus infections can cause bad breath due to postnasal drip.
The bacteria feed on the mucus that is produced by the body when it is battling an infection.
Saliva helps keep the mouth, and breath, healthy. Unwanted leftovers are rinsed and removed from the mouth. Saliva also helps break down food and produces disease-fighting substances that will help prevent cavities and infections. If enough saliva is not created, halitosis can be the result. Certain medication, medical conditions, alcohol use, tobacco use or too much caffeine can all cause dry mouth.
Not only is smoking and tobacco products bad for the body but they are also horrible for breath. Tobacco products leave their odor on clothes and breath. The products also dry out the mouth. Gum disease can easily be developed in smokers which add to halitosis.
Other kinds of diseases can cause halitosis that may not be obvious. Gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease can all lead to halitosis.
If you have any questions call Dr. Heather Darcey at Clear Lake Dental 281-488-6862
Try getting rid of bad breath by following a healthy daily dental routine. This includes brushing twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss. Drink plenty of water, chew sugarless gum that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance and cut back on caffeine. Hopefully, this will help saliva flowing better and help boost breath freshness.
Unfortunately, bad breath may persist and if this is the case a dentist needs to be contacted.
At this visit, a proper cleaning and exam will be performed to rule out any current oral health problems. The dentist will advise next steps including the types of dental products to use as well as treatment plans to care for cavities or gum disease. The dentist may refer the patient to another medical provider to make sure the patient has great oral health.
Dr. Heather Darcey and her team of dental professionals can help with your problem! Call them at 281-488-6862 or make an appointment online.