Bad breath is a common problem. It is often not a serious issue, but it can be annoying and erode your self-confidence. In some cases, it can be a sign of a problem with your dental health, such as severe decay or infection in your teeth.
Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath, also called halitosis, is most commonly caused by an excess of bacteria in the mouth. This can occur because you do not brush and floss regularly, or because bacteria builds up on your tongue. However, it’s possible that your bad breath is connected to other, more serious causes. These can include:
• Severe decay
• Advanced gum disease
• A systemic illness such as diabetes
• Dry mouth
• Sinus infection
If your bad breath does not seem to be related to foods you have eaten, or if it does not respond to regular brushing and flossing, visit your dentist for an evaluation to see if you might be suffering from another, more serious dental problem.
If your bad breath is due to a decayed tooth, you might also experience discomfort in the tooth in question and a bad taste in the mouth. If you notice these symptoms along with bad breath, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Preventing Bad Breath
Bad breath can be prevented in many cases. Some of the easiest ways to prevent or reduce chronic halitosis include:
• Regular oral hygiene
• Cleaning the tongue
• Avoiding foods with strong smells
• Having other problems treated, such as a sinus infection
• Using mouthwash
Regular dental visits can also help determine the cause of bad breath or prevent problems from developing that could lead to chronic halitosis.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath that affects your self-confidence and/or could be related to another problem such as tooth decay, please contact the Yorkville office of Dr. Nicholas Kemp for an appointment. Call 416-922-1012 to find out how we can help you eliminate your halitosis and feel like yourself again.