If you can eradicate your bad breath with a thorough brushing and flossing, you most likely do not have to worry. However, it is important to know that chronic halitosis may be an indication of a more complex dental health concern. The presence of an odor and/or a metallic taste in your mouth that persists regardless of oral hygiene could be an indication that you have developed other dental or overall health concerns.
If you are experiencing chronic halitosis, contact the team at Emerald Isle Smiles. Our Emerald Isle, NC dentist office offers comprehensive oral health exams to help determine the cause of bad breath. Dr. Aubrey Myers is a highly trained and experienced dentist offering comprehensive care for all of your dental health needs in a family friendly environment. Early diagnosis of dental concerns such as halitosis can help protect your oral health and prevent the development of more advanced dental problems.
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 through out 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 a 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.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have persistent halitosis, contact Emerald Isle Smiles to schedule an oral health exam or request an appointment online. Our dental health care team can help treat the cause of halitosis so you may enjoy a fresher, cleaner, healthier smile. We welcome new patients from Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, Bogue, Emerald Isle and surrounding communities.