How a Dentist Will Treat Bad Breath

Bad breath is an embarrassing and distracting problem to have and sometimes requires a trip to the dentist. This condition can have many sources, and sometimes it is difficult to pin down the exact reason for bad breath.

What are the causes of bad breath?

Bad breath is known as halitosis in the medical field. Dentists can usually trace its origin after a simple checkup. Tooth decay or an infection might cause a foul smell. Other times, stomach issues or acid reflux can cause bad breath.

Poor oral hygiene

Brushing and flossing daily is a key part of keeping bad breath at bay. Food particles and residue from beverages can stay in the mouth, feeding bacteria. Skipping even one brushing session can let bacteria build up, especially on the tongue. Bacteria will often hide between teeth or at the back of the tongue. When cavities are allowed to form, the tooth decay tends to have a sharp odor.

Periodontal disease

When bacteria advances, it can cause plaque buildup on teeth. The plaque can then reach all the way to the gums where toxins begin to form. These toxins irritate the gums, and the vicious cycle continues until the gums are inflamed. Bad breath and a nasty taste in the mouth are some of the main symptoms of periodontitis, gum disease.

Dry mouth

The purpose of saliva is to moisten the mouth and counteract the acidity produced by bacteria. Saliva production must be at a good level for the mouth to be healthy. Dead cells can begin to accumulate on the tongue, cheeks and gums when saliva is low. These cells decompose over time and cause bad breath.

Diet

Eating strong-smelling foods like garlic or onions can cause temporary bad breath. Sometimes it can linger for a few days if you do not brush well. Sugary foods and drinks can nourish bacteria production. Alcohol can dehydrate you and cause dry mouth that will hinder healthy saliva production.

How your dentist can help treat bad breath

You may think the dentist only fixes problems, but they can prevent them as well. The best cure for halitosis is stopping it before it happens. If you are experiencing bad breath, a dentist will be able to point you in the right direction.

Oral hygiene strategies

Your dentist will always recommend brushing your tongue to rid bacteria. Bacteria and food particles at the back of the tongue are usually one of the top causes for bad breath. A dentist can also suggest other products that may stop your bad breath. For example, using an antimicrobial mouthwash will decrease bacteria.

Dental Cleanings

Frequent dental cleanings will help fight halitosis, so make sure to see the dentist every six months. Not only does this keep your mouth healthy, but your dentist can see other signs of more concerning conditions like receding gums or oral cancer.

Do you need to see the dentist?

Do you think you have bad breath? Even worse, has someone made a comment about your breath? If so, call our office to schedule a visit. Seeing a dentist can improve your breath, smile and confidence.

Request an appointment here: https://www.elcaminodentalarts.com or call El Camino Dental Arts at (760) 692-1065 for an appointment in our Vista office.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Dental Center.


Recent Posts

Our Vista Dental Office Gives Advice For A Happy And Healthy Mouth

If you want to have a healthy mouth, our Vista dental office has some important, helpful tips for you. This list will set you on the path to excellent oral health.If you love red wine, tea, black coffee or even smoking, your teeth will bear the brunt of these foods. Dark foods and drinks can…

Tips From Your Vista Dental Office To Prevent Further Gum Recession

Gum recession also referred to as gingival recession, is an aesthetically unpleasing condition in which the gum lines begin to recede and pull away from the teeth, resulting in root exposure and an elongated tooth surface. It is an embarrassing condition for most patients who feel it affects their overall appearance negatively, and it can…

Our Vista Dentist Office Sheds Light On Oral Health Myths

As a Vista dentist office, we are regularly asked questions about oral health. Many of them are routine in nature, with patients wanting to know how long they should brush their teeth, when they should floss, and the best type of toothpaste to use. We encourage these and all types of questions because it allows…

Does Your General Dentist Recommend Fluoride For Teeth?

Are you looking for more information on how your general dentist can use fluoride to improve the health of your teeth? General dentists perform fluoride treatments all the time, especially during routine dental checkups. The treatments are a great way to keep the teeth strong enough to resist acid attacks from harmful mouth bacteria.Many studies…

Recent Posts

What To Do If Your Implant Crown Becomes Loose Or Breaks

What To Do If Your Implant Crown Becomes Loose Or Breaks

Dental implants are made to stay inside your jaw, while the visible part of the implant is known as an implant crown. While the dental implant will last for decades, the crown may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years. However, accidents happen. You may suffer a bad fall that may cause your…

Why You Should Use A Smile Makeover To Straighten Teeth

Why You Should Use A Smile Makeover To Straighten Teeth

A smile makeover can improve the appearance of a person’s smile through the use of one or more dental techniques and procedures. A dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is designed to achieve your desired results from the smile makeover. This plan may consist of several functionality and restorative procedures.…