Bad Breath: Halitosis and Your Health
Bad breath can come from eating foods such as garlic, onions, dairy, and canned tuna, mainly due to the compounds in the food that produce the odors and get absorbed into the bloodstream. Foods broken down in the body won’t break down entirely until the body processes the food, can make While healthy eating habits with these kinds of foods can typically be treated with proper oral hygiene, bad breath that’s unable to be removed even with brushing and flossing can indicate more severe conditions.
Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can also come from poor dental habits and can be an indicator of other health problems that can negatively affect a person’s life. When a person doesn’t brush and floss their teeth daily, the food particles can remain on the surfaces of the teeth and gums, developing into plaque, This plaque contains bacteria that are acidic in nature, and the acids left from plaque can cause bad breath. Because plaque can be difficult to remove, bad breath can remain vigilant and damage the teeth over time if not properly cleaned. Other factors, such as smoking, can also cause bad breath and stain teeth.
Any persistent bad breath can be warning signs for multiple conditions, including:
- Periodontal disease
- Dry mouth
- Chronic sinus infections
- Kidney problems
- Chronic acid reflux
- Salivary gland problems
How Scarsdale Dental Team Treats Bad Breath
At Scarsdale Dental Team, we have multiple solutions to help remove bad breath and can give advice on removing bad breath, such as:
Dental cleanings – Our regular cleanings can remove the plaque buildup from your teeth and help you have a healthy, clean mouth. If plaque is the cause of your bad breath, then our cleanings will help remove your bad breath.
Oral Hygiene Habits – We’ll help reinforce better brushing and flossing habits because bad oral hygiene can be the number one contributing factor that’s causing bad breath. By brushing and flossing your teeth and gums, you’ll be able to not only remove your bad breath but give you healthier teeth.
Nutritional Guidance – Eating the right foods can also help remove bad breath, and we can offer resources and other educational guidance about the foods you eat and what can cause your bad breath.
Stop Smoking – Smoking is often one of the biggest causes of bad breath due to the damage that smoking can occur due to the teeth and gums. We can help give guidance on how to stop smoking.
Common Questions About Bad Breath
What products can I use to rid bad breath?
Antiseptic mouthwash, fluoride toothpaste, and mint-flavored floss can help clean and protect your mouth from bad breath, like our dentists, which products will work best for you.
What can doctors treat bad breath?
Typically, our dentists can treat bad breath, especially if its origins come from your mouth. However, if the cause of your bad breath isn’t from your mouth, then you may be referred to your general doctor or specialist to treat the condition.
How common is bad breath?
Bad breath is quite common, as it occurs in about 25 to 50% of older adults. Bad breath is the most common reason why marketing for mints and mouthwashes are popular.
If you suffer from bad breath, then we recommend contacting our practice at Scarsdale Dental Team. Dr. Hofer works with his patients by offering preventative dental care treatments and aims to educate his patients about their oral health throughout their lives. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Hofer today to learn more about our dental services.