Abolishing the Problem of Bad Breath
Halitosis, commonly know as bad breath is an unpleasant odor that can strike periodically or be persistent, depending on the cause. The primary cause is the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth, particularly on the back of the tongue. Your mouth is warm and moist, the ideal environment to grow. However, most bad breath is caused by something in the mouth.
'Morning mouth" and other types of bad breath are considered to be fairly normal, and they usually are not health concerns. The "morning mouth" occurs when the saliva that regularly washes away decaying food and odors during the daytime diminishes at night while you sleep. Your mouth becomes dry, and dead cells adhere to your tongue and to the inside of your cheeks. Bacteria use these cells for food and expel compounds that have a foul odor.
Other types of bad breath can be caused by the following:
Poor dental hygiene — Infrequent or improper brushing and flossing can leave food particles to decay inside the mouth.
Infections in the mouth — Periodontal (gum) disease
Respiratory tract infections — Throat infections, sinus infections, lung infections
External agents — Garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco
Dry mouth (xerostomia) — This can be caused by salivary gland problems, medications or by "mouth breathing."
Systemic illnesses — Diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others
Psychiatric illness — Some people may perceive that they have bad breath, but it is not noticed by oral-health-care professionals or others. This is referred to as "pseudohalitosis."
A person may not always know that he or she has bad breath. This phenomenon is because odor-detecting cells in the nose eventually become accustomed to the constant flow of bad smells from the mouth. Others may notice and react by recoiling as you speak.
Dr. Khetarpal can review your medical history for medical conditions that can cause bad breath and for medications that can cause dry mouth. She will ask you about your diet, personal habits like smoking or chewing tobacco and any symptoms, including when the bad breath was noticed and by whom.
Bad breath caused by dental problems can be prevented easily. Daily maintenance calls for brushing your teeth, tongue and gums after meals, flossing, and rinsing with quality approved mouthwashes. Regular visits to Dr. Khetarpal at least twice a year should be made.
To discuss your bad breath issues or to ask any other questions, please contact us immediately at 513-923-1215 or fill out the appointment request form to schedule now.