Bad breath, which is medically termed halitosis, is one of the most common oral health concerns. It doesn’t discriminate based on age, gender or ethnicity. When bad breath is persistent, however, it can wreak havoc on your social life and self-confidence. Most importantly, bad breath may be a warning sign that your dental health needs attention.
True halitosis is more than just garlic breath after eating an Italian meal. Halitosis is foul breath odor that lingers or returns each day – sometimes shortly after you’ve brushed your teeth. What do you do when you have bad breath? If you are like most Americans, you pop a breath mint. While this can be a temporary fix to freshen your breath, it can actually make your condition worse in the long-run.
The Link Between Bacteria and Bad Breath
Oral bacteria and bad breath go hand in hand. Chronic halitosis is most often a result of too much bacteria in the mouth, such as from poor brushing and flossing habits or an untreated oral health condition. Unfortunately, bacteria like to feed on the sugars we consume. This process is known for emitting a foul-smelling Sulphur compound – giving you that unwanted breath odor. So if you are using a breath mint to combat your bad breath, you may actually be masking your issue as well as “feeding” it underneath. Instead, reach for your toothbrush and schedule an appointment with the dentist if it continues.
Reasons for Excess Bacteria and Halitosis
The following are culprits to smelly bacteria lingering in your mouth:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Not brushing your tongue
- Dry mouth
- Untreated decay
- Gum disease
Long-Lasting Relief for Bad Breath
At Rivers + Tanner Family Dentistry, we can work with you to determine the underlying cause of your bad breath and recommend an effective treatment plan. It can be as simple as brushing your tongue better each day or using a special rinse to combat dry mouth. Patients may also eliminate halitosis by filling a cavity or scheduling a deep cleaning to reverse early gum disease. Don’t let your bad breath go unchecked and don’t let a peppermint be your solution. Call our Mount Pleasant dental team today and start feeling confident in your smile!