What Is Bad Breath?
Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Halitosis & Oral Health Concerns
There are several potential causes of persistent bad breath. Determining the underlying cause of your bad breath allows for conservative and efficient treatment to eradicate halitosis and to protect your long-term dental health.
- Gum Disease- Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums and teeth. Bacteria leaves behind an acidic byproduct that often causes a foul odor. Bacteria beings to multiply and spread throughout the oral cavity and eventually builds deep pockets in the gums. As pockets form, the gums can begin to recede. Gum disease can cause tooth loss, bone deterioration, and systemic health concerns.
- Tooth Decay- Tooth decay can cause a metallic taste and distinct odor in your mouth. The bacteria that causes tooth decay leaves behind an unpleasant odorous by-product. If you notice a metallic smell or taste in your mouth, contact our Emerald Isle, NC dentist office as soon as possible. Treating tooth decay in the earliest stages allows for conservative treatment and can avoid the need for tooth extraction.
- Dry Mouth- Caused by a lack of saliva production, dry mouth can lead to tooth decay and halitosis. Saliva is essential for keeping your mouth healthy. Dry mouth is commonly caused by medications, medical conditions, or dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Chewing ADA approved sugar-free gum can also help to stimulate saliva production.
What Can I Do To Prevent Bad Breath?
- Brush Your Teeth Twice Per Day
- Brush your teeth two to three minutes at least twice a day to remove plaque and food debris. It’s very important to brush your teeth before going to bed.
- Floss Daily
- Flossing will remove food debris from in between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. If the food debris is not removed, the bacteria will begin to feed on it, causing bad breath.
- Use Mouthwash
- Mouthwash will help remove the debris in your mouth that you may have missed during brushing or flossing.
Request An Appointment
Dr. Aubrey Myers of Emerald Isle Dental works with patients to improve their oral health. If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, you can visit our Emerald Isle, NC dental office. To schedule an appointment, call (252) 370-9611 or request an appointment online.