Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath is an unpleasant condition and can be a cause of great embarassment.  Some people who have bad breath are not even aware of the problem.  If you are concerned about bad breath, see your dentist.  He or she can help identify the problem, and if the cause is dentally related, can help eliminate the problem.

Bad breath can be caused by  dry mouth.  Saliva is necessary to cleanse the oral tissues and helps remove debris from both gums and teeth.  With decreased salivary flow particles remain on the teeth for lonfger periods of time.  This could be a contributing factor in the development of bad breath.

People with advanced periodontal disease have an increased likelihood of having bad breath.  Because of gum and bone destruction, bacteria, saliva, and food debris have a greater chance of collecting on the oral tissues and staying there for long periods of time.  Patients with gum disease have a harder time keeping the oral tissues clean and as a result bad breath can occur.

Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath.  Schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and check-up.  Brush twice a day with a flouride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque.  It is also important to brush your tongue to help eliminate food debris and bacteria.

If you are struggling with bad breath please call our office.  Bad breath may be a sign of  a medical disorder.  We can help diagnose the cause and help you with the necessary treatment.