Bad Breath – What Does It Mean?

Is bad breath an oral health concern? Dr. James J. McCall warns patients that it can be. Halitosis, or bad breath, can be as simple as a garlic sauce on the pasta you had for lunch and as complicated as severe liver problems. Understanding halitosis will help you take better care of your health.

What Causes Bad Breath

For most people, bad breath occurs due to poor oral hygiene. Gum disease or food particles retained in the teeth both cause halitosis. However, it can also occur when people have a medical infection, are struggling with kidney or liver failure, have a dry mouth, use tobacco or have diabetes. Chronic bad breath, even when oral hygiene issues are addressed, is something you need to look into, because it can indicate an underlying health condition.

Why Does Breath Stink in the Morning?

Many people, no matter how careful they are about their oral hygiene, have what is known as morning breath. This is a normal condition and is rarely a sign of a serious problem.
While you are sleeping, your body produces less saliva. This, in turn, allows more bacteria to grow in the mouth. This bacteria causes morning breath. Simply brushing your teeth or eating breakfast can eliminate the problem.

Controlling Bad Breath

Controlling bad breath starts with good oral hygiene. You need to brush and floss your teeth twice per day, and brush the tongue, cheeks and roof of the mouth when you brush. Chewing gum, as long as it is sugar free, will help as well by stimulating saliva production and removing some food particles. Then, make regular visits to the dentist to check for gum disease and other physical problems that are leading to bad breath. Regular professional cleanings can keep bacteria, plaque and other bad breath triggers at bay.

If you are concerned about your bad breath, Dr. James J. McCall is ready to help. Call today to schedule your appointment.