All of us have bad breath sometimes, “morning breath” for instance. This is temporary and easily dealt with by brushing and flossing. There’s also bad breath caused by certain foods, such as onion or garlic. These foods enter the bloodstream during digestion, and from there enter the lungs. It is this ‘chemical exchange,’ which leads to changes in our breath. Again, this is temporary: it will disappear when those foods have been completely eliminated from the body.
Chronic Bad Breath
When bad breath is chronic, it is called halitosis. Halitosis results from an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. This accumulation can be caused by several things:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Dental infections
- Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes
- A dry mouth, which in turn can be caused by some medical conditions. Saliva helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria
Without a thorough dental examination, it can be difficult to determine what factors or combination of factors are causing consistent bad breath. Many halitosis sufferers often do not realize the extent of the problem because their senses have grown accustomed to the smell.
Bad Breath Treatment Options
To help treat bad breath, Our doctors may recommend:
- Special mouthwashes and chewing gums that increase hydration and salivation
- Changes in your diet
- Revisiting and Improving dental hygiene technique
Bad breath is almost always treatable. If tooth decay or gum disease are found to be causing it, one of our skilled doctors will do a thorough examination and recommend appropriate dental treatment.
For more information contact us to arrange your complimentary consultation. For more information about bad breath treatment, as well as the full range of cosmetic and implant dentistry services we offer dental patients in the San Francisco and Oakland area, please call today.