Halitosis or chronic bad breath

Halitosis or chronic bad breath

If your bad breath doesn’t go away with normal oral hygiene, then you should see a dentist. You don’t have to offend, there are lots of options and treatments to get you back to your kissable self.

The three main causes of halitosis

Intraoral: By far the most common cause of bad breath or halitosis is bacterial growth in the mouth. This bacteria is often found on the surface of the tongue or in the tissue just below the gum line. Poor dental hygiene can create the proper environment for these bacteria to thrive, and if left untreated can lead to gum disease. If you think you might have intraoral halitosis, contact us today to make an appointment.

Extraoral: There are also some medical conditions that can cause a person to experience chronic bad breath. Conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, lung disease, gastric reflux, tonsillitis, sinusitis, esophageal disease and even the common cold can cause halitosis. 

External: The easiest way to fix bad breath is to stop eating the foods which cause it. Onions, cheese, alcohol and smoking can all cause bad breath. Fixing your problem may be as simple as avoiding these things.

Treatment options for halitosis in Arena Family Dental

Obviously the cheapest and easiest way to treat halitosis is proper dental hygiene. And when we talk about proper hygiene we mean twice daily brushing and flossing as well as regular cleanings at your dental office.

Prevention is the best treatment

Preventing halitosis is by far the best way to treat it. Not only does it stop you from smelling bad, it also helps prevent gum disease and chronic halitosis. If you commit to regular cleanings and proper dental hygiene, most likely your halitosis will resolve itself. But if that is not enough, we are committed to helping you address and overcome your annoying bad breath.

Halitosis is the clinical name for chronic bad breath. Have you ever wondered what exactly causes bad breath and why some people seem more prone to it than others? If you are one of the many people whom this condition effects, it can be a source of insecurity and embarrassment. There is no need to suffer, thinking that nothing can be done to help. There are answers and we have them! We will assess your particular situation and conclude the most beneficial course of action to take.

The underlying factors of bad breath are usually the following culprits: Bacterial growth in the mouth or that resides on top of the tongue or in tissue located right below the gum line. Another origin of halitosis is insufficient oral hygiene which allows bacteria to manifest by permitting an environment that is conducive to this condition. Chronic bad breath can be caused by something as simple as the common cold. On the other hand, there are health problems, some quite serious, that are to blame for halitosis; included are lung disease, gastric reflux, esophageal disease, tonsillitis, sinusitis, diabetes, and liver disease. In a great number of instances, the annoying condition can be eliminated by cutting foods out of your diet that lead to bad breath. Known foods that are responsible consist of onions and cheese. Other villains are alcohol and tobacco; besides from causing bad breath, they are detrimental to overall health and should be limited or avoided all together, regardless of whether a person has halitosis or not. There are certain things you can do to prevent bad breath such as brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing, and seeing the dentist for routine cleanings. If this course of action does not resolve the issue, we can find the right remedy for you.