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Causes and Treatment of Bad Breath

By Dr. Tim Simpson on April 02, 2012

Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can be a cause of embarrassment and anxiety in our everyday lives. At Abilene Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand how distressing bad breath can be, and we specialize in providing compassionate and effective care. Learn more about the causes of bad breath, and how Abilene cosmetic dentist Tim Simpson can help you reduce or eliminate the condition.

Causes of Bad Breath

Dental ProblemsThe most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. When food particles are left in the mouth and on the teeth, they deteriorate, resulting in bacteria that emit foul-smelling chemicals. Over time, the bacteria irritate and inflame the gums causing gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Gum disease can cause severe damage to teeth, and is also a source of bad breath. By developing a dental routine that includes regular professional cleanings and daily brushing and flossing, many patients can eliminate the source of their bad breath.

FoodWhen pungent foods and oils are absorbed into the body, they enter the lungs and exit in the form of unpleasant-smelling breath. Onions, garlic, and other vegetables and spices are all known sources of temporary bad breath.

Dry MouthThe condition called dry mouth can lead to many health problems, including bad breath. Saliva helps to cleanse your mouth of materials that may cause bad breath. Some medications can also increase dryness, but drinking plenty of water can help to alleviate symptoms.  

DiseasesIn some cases, bad or odd-smelling breath can be caused by certain illnesses. The following diseases or illnesses are known to alter the scent of our breath:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Acid reflux
  • Respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis
  • Liver or kidney problems

Treatments of Bad Breath

Good oral hygiene is essential to fighting bad breath. The following tips are simple treatments for reducing and preventing bad breath:

  • Visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings.
  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily, particularly after meals.
  • Scrape or clean your tongue thoroughly.
  • Use mouthwash.
  • If you wear dentures, be sure to properly clean them every night.
  • If you smoke, consider quitting the use of tobacco products.
  • Drink plenty of water to ensure hydration.
  • Take note of what foods significantly affect your breath, and avoid them if necessary.

If poor oral hygiene is the source of a patient’s bad breath, other problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are also commonly present. Dr. Simpson is skilled in numerous cosmetic and restorative dental treatments that can successfully correct and treat the oral problems that cause bad breath. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Missing teeth can damage your smile and oral health, but we have achieved superior results for our Abilene dental implants patients. A dental implant is a permanent, aesthetically pleasing solution for missing teeth. We are also offer many other cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, including dental crowns, root canal therapy, and esthetic fillings.

Contact Abilene Aesthetic & Cosmetic Dentistry Today

Don’t let concerns about bad breath or other dental issues hinder you from enjoying the things you love. To receive more information about our treatments and schedule a consultation, please contact our Abilene cosmetic dentistry center at your convenience.

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