Bad Breath (or Halitosis)
Anyone can suffer from bad breath. So if you’ve ever had a not-so-fresh feeling when talking to your friends, on a date, or even at work, you’re not alone. More often than not, it is a medical condition, as opposed to a hygiene issue.
Over 50% of the population in the United States has halitosis, but most people are unaware of it. Several internal and external factors can lead to you having bad breath. These include:
- Eating foods that are spicy or odorous in nature, such as garlic, onions, tacos, or tuna.
- Excessive use of tobacco or alcohol
- Increased levels of odor-causing bacteria, such as methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide on the tongue
- Poor dental hygiene
- Dental issues such as periodontal disease and gingivitis
- Dentures — plaque develops faster on dentures than normal teeth, causing the breath to stink
- Lack of saliva or dry mouth
- Throat or sinus infections
- Diseases such as diabetes, gastrointestinal conditions, and abscesses in the mouth
Treating Bad Breath
Keeping bad breath away is not rocket science. In most cases, maintaining proper oral hygiene—regularly brushing and flossing—is enough to keep it at bay. There are plenty of mouthwashes and breath mints available that can be used to ensure minty fresh breath.
Avoiding sugary foods and eating healthy foods that require a lot of chewing can also increase the flow of saliva in the mouth, eliminating stinky bacteria. If you smoke a lot, your breath is most likely to contain smelly fumes. You might want to chew some gum after every smoke break or have mercy on your lungs and give up smoking altogether.
However, in situations where there are underlying health issues that are responsible for offensive oral odors, professional dental treatments are recommended. They can perform an in-depth assessment of your mouth, gums, and teeth and detect any problems, such as dry mouth or gum disease.
Getting regular cleaning also helps prevent bad breath by removing any buildup of plaque or tartar that is also responsible for a smelly mouth.
At Copperhill Smiles, we understand that bad breath can be embarrassing for some people. We offer a professional environment designed to make our patients feel comfortable enough to come forward with any oral health issues.
Our dental experts offer comprehensive exams and teeth cleaning to eliminate bad breath. They will also prescribe the best antibacterial fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash that can help you clean your teeth properly and prevent mouth-stink.
If you’ve afflicted with bad breath remember you are not alone!
Visit our dental experts in Santa Clarita for professional halitosis treatment.