Understanding Halitosis

Halitosis is commonly referred to as bad breath and it can be an embarrassing problem that can cause you to be very self-conscious. It usually occurs as a result of poor dental habits and can be indicative of other health problems. Halitosis can be worsened by unhealthy lifestyle habits and certain types of foods. Find out more about the causes of bad breath and how dental measures can be used to treat it.

Causes of Halitosis

Halitosis can have numerous causes; although they all originate from the mouth. Periodontal disease and poor dental hygiene are primary causes of halitosis. If brushing and flossing are not performed on a daily basis, food particles remain inside the mouth. This promotes the growth of bacteria on the gums, teeth and tongue. The bacteria present inside the mouth emit chemicals that cause the odor associated with halitosis.

Bad breath can also be caused by a dry mouth. Saliva is an essential component that can help to cleanse the mouth and remove food particles that can lead to bad breath. Eating certain foods can also cause halitosis. This occurs as food particles break down inside the mouth, resulting in bad breath. It is also possible for halitosis to be caused by health conditions, including diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sinus infections, respiratory infections and liver or kidney failure.

How Dental Care Treats Halitosis

Halitosis can be successfully treated by a dentist. Since gum disease is a leading cause of bad breath, a dentist can perform a deep, professional cleaning that will eliminate odor-causing bacteria from the gum tissue. A dentist can also suggest a mouthwash or antibacterial toothpaste that is designed to kill the bacteria that is responsible for the buildup of plaque. Our experienced and knowledgeable dental staff will be able to determine the cause of your bad breath and design a treatment plan that can improve and prevent halitosis.