Everyone experiences bad breath at some time or another, especially after a garlic-heavy meal or first thing in the morning. But what if bad breath becomes a chronic problem that mints or mouthwash can’t conquer?
Your teeth or gums may be to blame. Once you understand what’s causing your bad breath, you can move on to treating it.
Are your teeth causing bad breath?
Bad breath is caused by lingering bacteria. When food particles aren’t removed after you eat, the bacteria will multiply quickly and cause a foul-smelling odor. That’s one reason flossing is so important – there are areas in your mouth a toothbrush cannot reach, and when particles are left behind, bad breath results.
Bad breath can also be a sign of decay. If you are experiencing chronic halitosis, you may have a cavity that is allowing particles to enter and rot.
Are your gums causing bad breath?
Bad breath can also be a symptom of gum disease. When bacteria is allowed to form plaque and enter your gums, pockets of infection develop.
- Infection anywhere in your body can create a foul odor, and your gums are no exception.
- Once the bacteria have entered the gums and gum disease has developed, it’s impossible to take care of the situation yourself.
- You’ll need to undergo treatment with a periodontist to restore the health of your mouth.
- If you are experiencing symptoms such as bleeding, swollen, or painful gums, gum disease may be the cause of your bad breath.
Finding a Fix for Bad Breath
Maintaining good oral hygiene is the key to keeping your breath fresh. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and drinking plenty of water to keep bacteria flushed out of your mouth.
- If you’re still experiencing bad breath despite practicing good oral hygiene, talk to your dentist.
- Something else may be causing your bad breath, and it’s important to figure out what that is.
- We can also provide you with a bad breath kit to help get your breath smelling fresher.
Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem, but don’t let that prevent you from seeking treatment. With good habits and perhaps some extra help from your dentist, you can get your breath smelling fresh once again.