Bad breath is an embarrassing and often frustrating problem. If you have been suffering from bad breath and conventional approaches are not making it improve, visit your dentist. Bad breath can occur as a result of another, underlying issue that could be affecting your overall dental health.
If you have been suffering from bad breath and conventional approaches are not making it improve, visit your dentist.
Possible Causes of Bad Breath
Ineffective or irregular oral hygiene can cause bad breath, but if you are brushing and flossing daily and still have issues with halitosis, there might be another problem that serves as the root cause. Bad breath can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Certain medications
- Dry mouth
- Certain systemic disorders
- Decayed teeth
- Gum disease
- Sinus problems
If your bad breath is a symptom of another, more serious problem, then your dentist can help identify and treat the underlying cause. Treating the cause rather than the symptom will help ensure your long-term health.
Treatments for Bad Breath
If your bad breath is a side effect of another problem, treating the underlying problem is the best way to eliminate your halitosis. In fact, any possible causes of your bad breath should be ruled out before assuming your bad breath is the only thing that needs to be treated. If you have a decayed tooth, it should be treated or removed. Gum disease, sinus problems, and dry mouth should also be addressed, as they can lead to other, serious issues.
If your bad breath is not attributed to other causes, consult with your dentist about the best way to treat it. This could include regularly cleaning your tongue, using mouthwashes, avoiding certain foods, or taking other measures that can eliminate or disguise your bad breath or reduce the levels of bacteria in your mouth. Although bad breath can be embarrassing, it is important to be sure you aren’t suffering from other issues that could be severe, so be sure to ask our dentist, Dr. Daniel Bush, about treatment or possible causes.