If you suffer from bad breath, it is important to identify the cause so you can determine an effective treatment.
Bad Breath can have many causes including:
• Smoking - If you smoke, quit. Not only does smoking cause bad breath, it also contributes to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
• Tooth decay and Gum disease - untreated tooth decay and gum disease can cause bad breath.
• What you eat, or don't eat - Certain foods such as garlic contribute to bad breath, but only temporarily, Once they are absorbed into the bloodstream, the smell is expelled through the breath, the smell remains until the body processes the food, so there is no quick fix.
• Dry mouth - If your mouth is dry, there is not enough saliva to wash away food particles and bacteria, which can cause an unpleasant smell if they build up on the teeth. Dry mouth can have many causes and should be assessed.
• Infections - Bad breath that seems to have no other cause may indicate an infection elsewhere in the body. If you have chronic bad breath and oral problems have been ruled out, it is recommended you see your doctor for an evaluation. Bad breath can be a sign of respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, liver and kidney problems or reflux.
Evaluation is simple, and it is important not to ignore the problem.Back to News Listing