Having persistent bad breath can lead to a frustrating cycle of brushing, flossing, rinsing, and consuming mints to eliminate the unpleasant odor. And if all of your efforts have ultimately yielded little reward — and if halitosis is interfering with your confidence — it’s time to find out what is causing it and do something to stop bad breath once and for all.
Though it can be diet-related, bad breath is often your body’s way of telling you that something’s not quite right. Bad breath can be an indication of a medical condition (like gastric reflux or diabetes). But more frequently, the issue spawns from problems like tooth decay or gum disease.
At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, our compassionate team can help you get to the root of the problem and provide you with comfortable halitosis solutions that allow you experience fresher breath and regain your confidence.
Read on to learn about three common causes of halitosis. Then, give our Quakertown, PA office a call at (215) 804-4777 to schedule a dental exam! We’ll assess your overall oral health and talk with you about ways to move forward.
1. Poor Dental Hygiene Habits
If you’ve ever experienced morning breath (and who hasn’t?), then you know first hand how bacteria contributes to bad breath. In the case of morning breath, your saliva production decreases during the night, which creates an environment where bacteria can thrive. The result: bad breath when you wake up.
Well, bacterial buildup of any kind can contribute to bad breath. So if you’re not regularly brushing and flossing — both of which help remove bacteria-attracting food particles and plaque (a sticky film of bacterial buildup) — then that bacteria is just lingering in your mouth, contributing to malodor.
Luckily, if this is the case, it’s an easy fix: Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time, with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and floss once daily. If you really want to be tough on bacteria, you can also rinse with antimicrobial mouthwash.
Don’t forget that routine dental checkups are also part of proper dental hygiene! Typically, we suggest coming in once every six months for an exam and cleaning.
2. Unmanaged Gum Disease
Maybe you’re a diligent brusher and flosser, but you’re still experiencing halitosis. What’s up with that? Well, there’s likely some sort of underlying dental complication that needs your attention.
Roughly half of all adults in the U.S. are living with gum disease, an infection of the gums that can contribute to bad breath. When harmful bacteria linger along and below your gumline, your body responds by increasing blood flow to the area, in an attempt to get rid of the infection. This results in gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease marked by red, swollen, and tender gums.
At this stage, a thorough cleaning of the gumline can eradicate infection and the bad breath that comes with it. But the early signs of gum disease are often missed, and the infection can worsen into aggressive periodontitis.
Periodontitis is often marked by gumline recession, which can leave pockets or gaps between your natural gumline and your teeth. Bacteria easily builds up in this pockets, which further contributes to halitosis.
At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we’re proud to offer comfortable gum disease treatments. We can clean the gumline and periodontal pockets with gentle, non-surgical procedures. We can also help you repair a healthy gumline with the minimally invasive Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique! Eliminating pockets and bacterial buildup with help rein in bad breath.
3. Dry Mouth
Saliva, as unglamorous as it may seem, plays an important role protecting your teeth and gums from harmful bacteria. Your saliva washes away food particles that would otherwise attract bacteria, and it discourages bacterial buildup inside your mouth.
So, if you’re experiencing a decrease in saliva production, your mouth increasingly becomes an environment where bacteria can thrive, and bad breath is more likely.
The following things can contribute to dry mouth:
- Insufficient water intake
- Certain medications
- Certain medical conditions
Increasing your saliva production — and thus alleviating bad breath — can be as simple as drinking more water. Certain rinses may also help. The team at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care can help you determine what’s going on with the help of a saliva test.
Then, we can point you toward solutions so you no longer have to suffer through the discomfort of dry mouth.
Fresher Breath Is Within Reach
If bad breath is interfering with your day-to-day life, know that the caring team at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care wants to help. We offer high-quality care in a judgment-free environment, so you don’t have to feel embarrassed about the condition of your mouth.
Let’s work together toward fresher breath. Call us today at (215) 804-4777, or use our convenient online form to request an appointment.