Bad breath is a very common problem among people. Many are not even aware of their problem until someone takes the time to let them know. Over 50 million Americans suffer with this issue. Sometimes it is caused by personal habits, such as smoking. Other causes may be related to your oral health lack of general dental care. Decayed teeth and infected gums often make your breath smell bad. Poor oral hygiene also causes halitosis. Causes beyond your oral health, such as gastric issues, account for a percentage of the problem as well.
The breakdown of proteins that accumulate on the back of the tongue are usually the source of most problems with bad breath. A buildup of volatile sulfur compounds results in foul-smelling breath. Fortunately, there is help available to eliminate this issue.
Treatment for Bad Breath
Your dentist will do an assessment to discover the cause of your bad breath. If the problem is not with your oral health, you will be advised to seek the care of a physician for examination of other health issues.
If the matter is due to poor oral hygiene, you will be instructed on how to properly care for your teeth. Proper brushing and flossing keeps bad breath at bay and also keep your teeth and gums healthy. You may have other dental issues like decayed teeth or gum disease causing the odor in your mouth. Addressing these issues will not only make a difference in your breath, it will also improve your oral health. If gum disease is the culprit, you will need to have a professional cleaning to remove the bacteria and debris that are causing the smell. More intense steps may be warranted if the disease is advanced.
When you discover that you have halitosis, it is important that you find the cause so that it can be addressed. Whether it is an issue with your oral health or a physical symptom somewhere else in your body, it is important to seek out the source to find out what is happening. Neglecting to do so will most likely put you at risk for more severe problems.
Contact our office today and make an appointment with Rock Point Family Dentistry to find the source of your bad breath. Treating it will improve your oral health.