Halitosis, (bad breath) can be a result of poor oral hygiene or maybe a sign of other health problems. Other dental causes of bad breath can be from smoking or chewing tobacco, poorly fitting dental appliances such as partial and full dentures, infections in the mouth, and dental caries (cavities).
As Muncie dentist, Dr. Pyle explains to his patients “if you don’t brush and floss your teeth daily, the food particles left in your mouth promote bacteria growth between your teeth, around the tongue, and along the gums”
If you eat foods with strong odors (like garlic or onions), then brushing, flossing, and even mouthwash merely cover up the odor, but it may not go away completely until these foods have passed through your body.
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste may be a warning of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth that irritate the gums. If periodontal disease (gum disease) is left untreated it will damage the gums and jawbone and you can lose teeth.
Xerostomia (dry mouth) is a medical condition that can cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth. Your saliva neutralizes acids produced by plaque and it washes away dead cells that accumulate on your cheeks, tongue, and gums. Dry mouth can be a side effect of medications, salivary gland problems, or something as simple as continuous breathing through the mouth.
Other diseases and illnesses can cause bad breath also. Some to be aware of are:
Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you:
Many over the counter mouthwashes claim to eliminate bad breath. However, keep in mind that these usually only provide a temporary way to mask mouth odor. There are some antiseptic mouth rinses available that will kill the germs that cause bad breath. Ask expert cosmetic dentist Dr. Pyle or any one of his helpful team which is best for you.
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