Bad breath is generally an embarrassing problem that many people would like to avoid or treat as soon as possible. There are a number of factors that can cause it, and some of these problems can be serious, such as an infection. If you are dealing with chronic bad breath, we can help you find a treatment that actually deals with the cause of the problem and fixes it, instead of just eliminating the odor which can then come back later.
What Causes Bad Breath?
There are certain things that can cause halitosis, such as:
- Food—Eating anything may cause halitosis, as more oral bacteria can be created that cause a stench. Certain foods can cause the problem to become more extreme, such as garlic, onions, and spices.
- Tobacco—Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Bad oral hygiene—Bacteria can buildup when you don’t brush your teeth, leading to halitosis. Extra bacteria that is not cleaned off of your teeth can cause an infection, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
- Infection—An oral infection, such as a tooth abscess, gum disease, or one caused by a treatment gone wrong can cause the problem.
- Dry Mouth—Saliva plays a key role in your oral defenses, partially by rinsing food particles out of your teeth. However, if those particles stay because you are not generating enough saliva, then you can develop halitosis. In addition, some medications may cause dry mouth, so pay attention to this symptom and speak to your regular doctor about switching medications if necessary.
How We Can Treat Bad Breath
You can avoid halitosis in some cases by avoiding the items mentioned above and maintaining your oral health. If you still have the condition, we can advise you to use a mouth rinse or toothpaste that will help you keep your teeth clean and may eliminate the odor. We can also check to see if an underlying infection is causing the problem, and try to eliminate that problem.
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