Bad breath is an embarrassing and distasteful condition that is a basic hygiene problem most people want to eliminate from their person. Is it any wonder why the store counters are rife with mints, chewing gum and breath fresheners? While helpful to mask bad smells, these items are only temporary measures. They do not target the heart of the problem.
Also referred to as halitosis, bad breath has several potential causes, each of which can be addressed with certain healthy habits. There are some kinds of edibles, health problems and bad habits that are among the origins of bad breath. The first area of improvement, if being ignored, is proper dental hygiene. Brushing 2x each day with a soft-bristled brush and also scrubbing the tongue and palate should help. If not, consult your dentist to ensure there is not a more serious issue causing the odor.
Some Potential Causes of Bad Breath:
-Foods such as onions, garlic, certain spices.
-Tobacco of any type but especially smoking.
-Lack of brushing and flossing.
-Dry mouth. Lack of saliva contributes to bad breath by the inability to cleanse food particles from the teeth and mouth.
-Medications that contribute to dry mouth.
-Mouth infections that stem from tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores, or wounds due to oral surgery.
-GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can cause bad breath.
-Other mouth, nose and throat ailments from disease or disorders. Cancers, metabolic conditions, etc., can bring foul mouth odor because of chemicals that are produced. Children may have bad breath due to food items being lodged in the nostril.
If you need an evaluation to discover the reason for chronic bad breath, Dr. Catalina Phan would be happy to help you. Please contact Campbell Dental Care to make an appointment at: 408-364-1122, or come by our office in Campbell, California.