Here at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, we take all dental care matters seriously. This is part of our commitment to comprehensive dental care, from advanced restorative dentistry to improve dental health as well as cosmetic procedures to enhance the look of a patient's smile. No issue is too small, even something that seems as minor as bad breath. As you're about to read, it could be the sign of a serious health issue.
About Bad Breath
Bad breath is a catch-all term to refer to unpleasant odors in a person's mouth. There are many different causes of bad breath, and it can be a problem in itself or the side effect of a serious health issue. Whatever the case may be, taking it seriously is worthwhile given the way that bad breath can affect your personal and professional life or be the sign of a serious health matter.
Common Causes of Bad Breath
Some of the most common cases of bad breath include the following:
Oral Bacteria - Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth. It feeds on food particles caught between teeth, particularly carbs and sugars. In the process, this oral bacteria causes unpleasant odor.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease - Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by oral bacteria, so if both issues are present, it's likely that patients will have bad breath.
Poor Oral Hygiene - Not brushing or flossing your teeth regularly allows bad odors to remain and sometimes get worse.
Use of Tobacco Products - Smoking and the use of chewing tobacco can both result in bad breath, which is yet another good reason to quit.
Dry Mouth - When your mouth is dry, it offers an ideal environment for oral bacteria to thrive. In addition, food particles and dead cells from the soft tissues in your mouth are allowed to fester, making your breath even less pleasant.
Certain Foods and Beverages - Certain foods and beverages can result in unpleasant odors. Be wary about coffee, alcoholic beverages, garlic, onions, fish, spicy foods, and certain cheeses.
Various Health Problems - Numerous health problems that affect the sinuses, throat, lungs, and digestive tract can result in bad breath as one of the symptoms.
Dental Treatments for Bad Breath
The ideal dental treatment for your bad breath will be tailored to target the primary cause of the odor. This might mean treating the tooth decay or gum disease, or perhaps treating your case of dry mouth.
When it comes to tackling oral bacteria itself, antiseptic rinses are sometimes recommended in order to keep the bacteria under control.
Medical Treatments for Conditions That Cause Bad Breath
If you suffer from a medical problem that causes bad breath to occur, it's important for it to be treated by your general practitioner. A dental exam can help identify the root issue of the bad breath, however.
Tips for Preventing Bad Breath
To prevent bad breath, consider the following tips:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth at least once a night (ideally after every meal)
- Drink water to remain hydrated throughout the day
- Avoid smoking and using chewing tobacco
- Chew on sugar-free gum
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings
Find Out About Treating and Preventing Bad Breath
For more information about treating and preventing bad breath, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group will help you learn about all of your treatment options.