Do you or a loved one in Bedford suffer from chronic bad breath?
Do you wish there was something more you could do to stop bad breath and the self consciousness that comes with it? We’re here to help!
Causes of Bad Breath
Nobody wants bad breath! Fortunately, it’s usually easy to treat.
Bad breath, aka halitosis, has several causes:
- Strong foods, such as garlic or onion
- Periodontal disease
- Dry mouth
- Inconsistent or improper dental hygiene
- Various medical conditions
How to: Treating Bad Breath
The most common causes of bad breath are the easiest to treat. Bacteria found on the surfaces of your mouth reproduce, creating a smelly compound called sulfur. The teeth and the tongue have many tiny fissures and spaces that are easy to miss while brushing and flossing, and small particles left behind on these fissures result in bad breath.
In a similar light, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease (aka periodontal disease). Plaque and tartar can build up around your gums, eroding the surfaces of your mouth and causing bad breath. The first step in treating periodontal disease is a thorough cleaning, which can also help fix chronic bad breath.
The key to eliminating bad breath is prevention. In addition to brushing and flossing correctly and regularly, it’s important to have professional cleanings regularly to prevent plaque buildup in hard-to-reach places, to remove sulfur-producing bacteria, and to identify areas that need treatment before they might get worse.
Dr. White and her skilled dental team can help determine the cause of your bad breath and recommend a homecare routine that will keep your smile healthy and your breath smelling pleasantly fresh once again.
Want to learn more about how Dr. White can help turn your bad breath into fresh breath and a healthier mouth? Schedule an appointment with us today: