Many people can feel self conscious if they have bad breath. Sometimes they mask the smell with chewing gum or breath mints, just to avoid embarrassment. If you have halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, it may be a sign that your oral health is compromised.
Excess germs and bacteria in your mouth are the most common cause bad breath. This is mostly caused by a number of bad habits including lack or oral hygiene, smoking, or eating the wrong foods. In this case, bad breath is signaling early signs of periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis or gum disease. This disease, and your bad breath, can be corrected easily by adopting healthier oral habits.
If you have bad breath and are also experiencing pain, you could have a compromised tooth in your smile. Advanced cavities can become breeding grounds for germs and bacteria and disease and decay can set in. Not only will this affect your breath but you may loose the tooth and need a bridge or implant to replace it. Make sure you attend cleaning visits regularly so a dentist can catch problems early on to prevent tooth loss.
Dry mouth is also a common cause of bad breath. Saliva is an important element to the environment of your mouth, helping to neutralize acids and clean your teeth, mouth, tongue, and gums. If you don’t produce enough saliva, plaque can build up. We have medical solutions to offer if dry mouth is the cause of your halitosis.
If you’re still unsure of why you might have bad breath, come in and consult with Dr. Grabiak about your habits and medical history so that we are able to solve your problem.
Denver Dentistry – Dr. Guy Grabiak, DMD, FAGD
3190 South Wadsworth Boulevard
Littleton, CO 80227