Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. While most people experience bad breath every once in a while, especially in the morning or after eating certain types of foods, there are times when halitosis occurs over an extended time. This is usually the result of bacteria lingering in the mouth. If you brush and floss your teeth regularly and still have bad breath, then it could be an indication that there’s another health issue that should be addressed. There are a few things that you can do about halitosis, such as visiting our dentist for routine cleanings at least once every six months.
When you eat certain foods, the odor from the food lingers in your mouth as bad breath until the food is processed and exits your body. Some of the stronger odors that you might notice include onions, garlic, and fish. When particles from the food that you’ve consumed aren’t removed by brushing and flossing your teeth, then they will promote the growth of bacteria. Until the bacteria are removed, you’re likely going to have bad breath. You can use an antibacterial mouthwash to remove as much bacteria as possible or visit our dentist for a professional treatment as well as a thorough cleaning. If you have dentures and don’t clean them properly or don’t get your gums clean when your dentures aren’t in your mouth, then bacteria can begin growing and result in bad breath.
There are a few health issues that are associated with bad breath. Gum disease is one of them. This results from plaque that builds on your teeth. Again, brushing and flossing can help to remove plaque, preventing halitosis from occurring. Gum disease can impact your jawbone and cause your gums to retreat as well if it’s not treated properly. Infections in your mouth and cavities can also cause halitosis. If there is a cavity or a broken tooth, then our dentist can fill the tooth, extract it, or perform other procedures to save the tooth. Bronchitis can cause halitosis as well as acid reflux, diabetes, and sinus infections. Halitosis can also be a sign of liver or kidney issues.
Schedule an appointment with our team at Carnegie Dental Clinic to learn more about halitosis and why you might be experiencing this condition along with some of the treatments that are available. Contact us today to book your evaluation at our office in Victoria.