Bad Breath Causes and Treatment

If you have bad breath, there is a good chance that your mouth is full of bacteria and food particles. If this is the case, a dental cleaning will eliminate these odor-causing substances and freshen your breath.

If the odor is due to an infection, your dentist will prescribe medication or a treatment that will clear up the problem and improve your breath. If the odor is caused by other conditions, your dentist may refer you to your primary care doctor or an ear, nose and throat specialist to treat the problem at its source.

Gum Disease

Often, the main cause of bad breath is gum disease. This condition occurs when bacteria invade the gum tissues and eat away at the supporting structures of the teeth, resulting in inflammation, bleeding, and foul-smelling odors. Fortunately, our Boston dentists offer gum disease treatments that can clean the mouth and restore the healthy state of the teeth.

Certain foods and drinks can also cause halitosis. Garlic, onions, fish, coffee, and other pungent foods can produce odors in the mouth. Regularly drinking water can help wash these odor-causing foods and beverages from the mouth. Using a tongue scraper to remove the bacteria burrowed in the fuzz of the tongue can also improve breath.

Flossing regularly and brushing the teeth are also important, along with a daily rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash or a fluoride toothpaste. If you have dentures, they should be removed at night and thoroughly cleaned before being reinserted in the morning. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco-based products, as these can lead to bad breath and other health problems.

Bad Breath Treatment

In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene habits, you should visit your dentist regularly. This will allow the dentist to catch and treat any gum disease or other dental problems that might be causing the odor, as well as a host of other health conditions, such as dry mouth or sinus infections.

You should also keep a log of the foods you eat and the medications you take, as some drugs can reduce salivation and increase mouth odors. A list of these medications should be reviewed by your dentist, and if necessary, the dentist may recommend an alternative drug or a mouthwash that will help eliminate the odors.

In some cases, the odor is the result of an underlying health problem that needs to be treated, such as acid reflux or diabetes.

These conditions can be successfully managed by a team of your healthcare providers, including your dentist and your primary care physician. In this case, the halitosis will disappear when the underlying problem is addressed.