Bad breath, also known as halitosis in medical terms, can be caused by several factors such as the consumption of certain foods, poor oral hygiene or certain medical conditions. Regardless of the cause, bad breath is an oral health condition that needs to be addressed not only because it is socially embarrassing, but also because its occurrence could be indicative of another medical problem in some cases.
The first step in treating bad breath is to understand the reason for its occurrence. Here are some of the most common reasons behind bad breath problems:
- An infection in the gums. When your gums are infected, this means that there is widespread of bacteria in your mouth and bacteria is one of the primary causes of bad breath. In order to prevent gum problems and infection, you have to make sure that you provide proper oral care to your teeth, gums, and mouth.
- Poor oral hygiene. If you do not regularly follow good oral hygiene and do not brush and floss as often as you should, then you can be prone to bad breath. This is because you will not be able to get rid of the deposits of plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and along your gum line.
- Bacteria stuck under your tongue. Your tongue is another place in your mouth where bacteria can harbor, so if you fail to ensure your tongue is thoroughly cleaned, then it will also lead to bad breath.
When you visit our practice citing bad breath problems, we will first perform a thorough inspection of your dental health to find out the cause of halitosis. If the odor is due to poor oral hygiene, a professional dental cleaning will be performed to clean the hidden areas of your mouth and rid them of bacteria. If periodontal disease is the cause, we will perform scaling and root planing to cleanse the oral cavity. If we diagnose that the odor is not being caused due to an oral health problem, we may recommend you visit a physician or a specialist.
To schedule an appointment for your bad breath problems, call Hermitage Dental Group at (615) 241-6461.