Everyone has at least one unpleasant experience of having bad breath, possibly due to drinking coffee or alcohol, eating something potent, or using tobacco. Bad breath can often be resolved with dental hygiene, but chronic bad breath (halitosis) is a sign that you should visit the dentist. If you want to begin the new year free of chronic bad breath, we are here to provide further information about some of its sources.
Bad breath can develop from inconsistent oral hygiene, which allows food particles and bacteria to gather between your teeth and your tongue.
You could also experience bad breath as a side effect of gum disease, which could be a side effect of dry mouth. If you don’t have enough saliva to clean your oral cavity, you can experience gum inflammation and halitosis.
Your bad breath may not even be the result of an oral issue. Bad breath can develop from dieting; insufficient food intake; throat, sinus, and respiratory tract issues; and disease in the kidneys and liver.
You can fight bad breath by brushing with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily, as well as visiting Smile 2 Heart Dental for regular cleanings and exams, where we not only clean your teeth but also identify causes of bad breath, including gum disease and tooth decay. If needed, Dr. Jody W. Adams can consult with your primary care physician to discuss treatment for bad breath resulting from a non-oral issue.
For more information about treating bad breath, please call 435.723.6120 today and schedule an appointment with our dentist!