Having bad breath can be an embarrassing problem – especially if you are regularly face to face with other people. Known professionally as halitosis, bad breath plagues many people every day. Most cases of bad breath can be remedied by efficiently brushing and flossing the teeth. However, some types of bad breath are chronic or recurring, which may warrant a visit to the dentist.
Did you know…
that bad breath can be caused by something as simple as eating too much garlic, or that it could be a symptom of disease? Some of the most common causes of bad breath include dry mouth, certain medications, use of tobacco, poor dental hygiene, and oral infections. In rare cases, bad breath may be a sign of diseases like acid reflux.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect my dentist to do about my bad breath?
Your visit will begin with an examination and questions about your daily habits, such as the types of foods you eat and the medications you take. Your dentist may then inspect your mouth for signs of decay, infections or gum disease that could be causing your bad breath. If your chronic bad breath cannot be traced to an oral problem or daily habit, you may be referred to a physician for further evaluation.
Is there anything I can do to maintain better breath?
Yes. There are a number of things you can do to maintain better breath. Eliminate odor-causing foods from your diet, brush twice daily, floss every evening and brush your tongue. Finally, be sure to visit the dentist for professional cleanings at least twice per year to remove built-up plaque and calculus that can cause gum disease and bad breath.
Do I need treatment for my bad breath?
If your bad breath does not improve despite self-care techniques, such as dietary adjustments and thorough tooth brushing and flossing, you should make an appointment with Dr. Appelbaum to discuss other options. Oxyfresh toothpaste and alcohol free Powerrinse are available at our office. These products contain the oxygene ingredient which help to decrease the volatile sulphur compounds(VSC’s) that cause gum disease and bad breath. Quite often the solution to bad breath can actually be the cause of the problem. Many over the counter oral rinses contain alcohol which can dry out your oral tissues leading to an increase of the volatile sulphur compounds(VSC’s). Also, you need to keep in mind that short-term remedies like gum and breath mints may temporarily freshen breath, but they are not always a solution to the underlying problem.