Halitosis, known as chronic bad breath, can come from different causes. Knowing more about the underlying causes of bad breath can help ensure that you get the right treatment you need.
Causes of Bad Breath
You can have bad breath occasionally from eating certain foods, such as onions or garlic, or if you have a sinus infection or tonsillitis. However, bad breath that occurs regularly comes from other causes. If you have chronic bad breath, the most likely cause is poor oral hygiene. When you don’t brush and floss your teeth enough or if you don’t do it properly, bacteria can build up and cause a foul odor that resembles sulphur. This persistent bad keeps occurring as long as you continue practicing poor oral hygiene. There are other things that can cause chronic bad breath as well, which includes:
- Dry mouth when you don’t have enough saliva to clean it
- Advanced tooth decay or gum disease
- Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco
- Drinking alcohol
- Nasal cavity obstructions, which generally occur in children
- Ketoacidosis from having too many ketones, such as from following a crash diet
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Bowel obstruction
- Medications that decrease saliva
- Underlying medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or a metabolic disease
Treatments for Bad Breath
If you deal with bad breath on a regular basis, there are several ways to treat this condition. The treatment you’ll need depends on the cause of your bad breath. For example, treating or managing an underlying condition or giving up smoking helps reduce bad breath. Since poor oral hygiene is the most common reason for chronic bad breath, taking steps to improve this can help this condition. You can do so in the following ways:
- Brush your teeth properly after eating, especially if you’ve eaten sugary or starchy foods that are linked to higher levels of bacteria.
- Floss properly two or three times a day to get rid of food particles between your teeth and reduce the risk of gum disease.
- Use mouthwash, but don’t overdo it. Using too much can cause you to have a dry mouth and lead to a bacteria increase.
- Clean dentures regularly to prevent food particles from sticking to them and encouraging bacterial growth.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria that can build up on it.
- Increase saliva production to prevent dry mouth by drinking a lot of water and chewing sugar-free gum.
Ways to Prevent Bad Breath
- Go for routine dental cleanings and exams twice a year to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible by having plaque and tartar removed.
- Brush and floss your teeth two or three times a day and change your toothbrush often to prevent bacteria from building.
- Use antibacterial toothpaste or an antibacterial mouthwash to discourage bacteria from building up and causing bad breath
- Cut back on coffee to prevent your mouth from becoming dry.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath and need dental care or a dental cleaning, please contact Central Avenue Dental to schedule an appointment today.