Halitosis, or in layman terms, bad breath, has been a cause for embarrassment for most of us at some point in our lives. Products are marketed to provide quick fixes for such problems, use of minted chewing gums, mouthwashes, even mouth fresheners have been introduced to remedy bad breath. The ‘fresh breath’ industry is worth in excess of a billion dollars because of the sizeable sales of these products. However, they are all quick fixes, to properly tackle halitosis, where bad breath is much more persistent and lasts much longer, requires dentists thorough examination.
Bad breathe is a common problem for most of us, and is usually noticeable immediately after we wake up from bed, after a regular morning brush up, it typically goes away. For some, however, bad breath could persist far longer, if you suffer from persistent bad breath its best to visit a dental hygienists or dentists to figure out a long-term solution to halitosis.
The chief cause of bad breath stems from within the mouth itself. Food particles trapped within the mouth react with the oral bacteria present in the mouth to create bad breath. Back of the tongue is an especially conducive ground for bad breath production as sizeable amounts of naturally occurring bacteria can flourish on food particles, dead skin cells, and mucus streaming down via your sinuses. Other places notorious for contributing to bad breath include the area beneath gums, dentures, and in between teeth. Most bad breath issues stem from bad oral hygiene, and are a signal from your mouth to take care of your oral health better, as the same factors that cause bad breath are also responsible for gum diseases and tooth decay.
Having said that, it’s not always bad oral hygiene that causes bad breath, halitosis may affect people suffering from sinus or bronchial infection, oral yeast infection; which can be triggered by taking antibiotics, and even those who suffer from diabetes, and kidney or liver malfunction. Even stress, dry mouth, and hormonal changes can trigger halitosis.
As you may know by now, bad breath originates from within the mouth, and therefore a professional oral exam is the first step in solving this problem. After a proper examination, the dentists may recommend one of the following remedies.
Oral hygiene: It just may be that your problems stem from improper oral hygiene. If that’s the case, expect a thorough briefing by the dentists how to brush and floss your teeth effectively, an additional lesson on tongue scraping, using a scraper may also follow, as the back of the tongue is fertile ground for bad breath emanating elements.
Professional dental cleaning: Tiny food particles, calcified deposits, bacteria get trapped in the mouth, react with saliva and dead skin and create an unpleasant stench. These particles are nestled in hard to reach places for the brush, however professional have purpose built instruments for those stubborn areas. Periodic professional cleaning is a great way to promote good oral health and a positive side effect will be that you won’t be conscious about breath.
Cavities: A rotting tooth may bring about some pain in the future, but before that happens the decaying process will create bad breath. These cavities will need to be filled and cleaned professionally.
Gum Disease: Gum diseases cause the gums to swell up which tends to separate them from the teeth creating a tiny pocket where bacteria can be cultivated and accumulated. If you happen to be suffering from a gum disease, then periodontal therapy will be recommended and encouraged for you.
Treatment of infection: If you happen to be suffering from infections which did not originate in the mouth, kindly consult a relevant medical professional. Whatever the cause of bad breath may be, rest assured, we will be able to diagnose the real cause of concern and direct you towards proper and long-term remedy.