Bad Breath: Causes and Solutions
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on January 16, 2020
Everyone experiences the occasional misfortune of unpleasant breath, usually due to consuming smelly foods like garlic. But for some people, bad breath (known in the medical and dental fields as “halitosis”) is a chronic problem.
If you experience bad breath regularly, know that you are not alone, and Dr. Ann Sielicki of Sonoran Dental Design is here to help. Read on as she breaks down the causes of chronic bad breath and suggests effective solutions.
What Causes Sour, Smelly Breath?
Bad breath is often caused by poor oral hygiene. Food particles not removed by brushing or flossing that remain in the mouth can cause strong odors.
Another common cause of bad breath is dry mouth, brought on by smoking, mouth breathing or certain medications. With dry mouth, the natural production of saliva is significantly decreased; this means bacteria is not naturally rinsed out of the mouth by saliva and instead lingers, causing unpleasant breath.
Dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease can also cause bad breath, because bacteria can hide in tooth decay or pockets that develop around the teeth as the gums recede.
Finally, certain medical disorders can produce noticeably bad breath. Examples include viruses and illnesses affecting the sinuses, throat and nasal passages, as well as some liver and kidney diseases.
Solutions for Fresher Breath
If your breath is often less-than-fresh, ask yourself if you are brushing and flossing regularly. Make an effort to be diligent about brushing when you wake up, before you go to bed and after meals, and flossing once a day. Adding an over-the-counter mouth rinse is a good way to help wash away germs and bacteria that cause bad breath.
If you are brushing, flossing and using a mouth rinse regularly, yet your breath is still unpleasant, the next step is to see Dr. Sielicki for an exam. You could have a cavity or undiagnosed gum disease, and treating the dental problem should improve breath odor. If the problem is not related to a cavity or gum disease, Dr. Sielicki can recommend prescription products to help freshen your breath.
If Dr. Sielicki feels your breath problems may be due to a medical problem, she will recommend you visit your primary care doctor.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Sielicki Today
Would you like to book an appointment with Dr. Sielicki to discuss bad breath or another troubling dental symptom you are experiencing? Call or email Sonoran Dental Design today to schedule your visit.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily