Don't Let Bad Breath Hold You Back: Causes and Treatment
By Stephen Rogers on May 05, 2014
Bad breath, or halitosis, has many causes, but often leaves its sufferers feeling embarrassed and insecure. Bad breath can be caused by the foods we eat, or it can be a sign of something more serious like oral disease or infection. Treating bad breath begins with determining the cause. At Greater Long Island Dental, our team of cosmetic dentists offers the latest treatments to improve oral health, appearance, and treat bad breath.
What Are the Causes of Bad Breath?
Bad breath can occur for a variety of reasons. At its simplest, bad breath is caused by strong smelling foods like garlic and onions, and will go away once the food is fully digested. Chronic, constant bad breath is generally not caused by foods but may be an indication of a more serious oral health issue and should be professionally treated. Causes of bad breath include:
- Strong smelling foods like garlic, onions, or coffee
- Gum disease
- Yeast infections of the mouth
- Bronchitis, pneumonia, or other respiratory tract infections
- Tooth decay
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Dry mouth
- Acid reflux
- Poor oral hygiene
Treating Bad Breath
In order to properly treat bad breath, the cause must be determined. Treating bad breath at Greater Long Island Dental begins with a thorough dental examination. Though each treatment is based on each patient's unique needs, some treatments for bad breath include:
- Avoiding offensive foods: If you regularly eat onions, garlic, or other malodorous foods, you should consider changing your diet, as these foods could be causing your bad breath.
- Practice proper oral hygiene: Bad breath can be caused by poor oral hygiene. Help reduce bad breath by brushing your teeth at least twice a day (be sure to brush your tongue), flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
- Drink water regularly: Drink water during meals or after eating to help wash away food and bacteria. Drinking plenty of water can also help alleviate dry mouth, another possible cause of bad breath.
- Seek treatment for gum disease: Gum disease, an infection of the gums, can cause bad breath and lead to major dental issues including tooth loss. Treating gum disease can help reduce bad breath.
- Give-up tobacco use: Bad breath can be caused by smoking or chewing tobacco. Quitting tobacco use can help alleviate bad breath.
- Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing mint gum can help reduce the smell of bad breath and increase saliva production, which also helps reduce bad breath.
Receive a Personalized Treatment Plan
Don't let bad breath hold you back! Bad breath can be caused by a combination of issues and determining the right treatment begins with a thorough dental exam. We offer many restorative dentistry treatments to improve oral health and reduce bad breath. To discuss your personalized treatment plan and how you can get rid of bad breath once and for all, we invite you to schedule a consultation.
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