Bad breath is an unpleasant smell from the mouth that can often negatively affect one’s self esteem when speaking to others. Bad breath is typically caused by several factors:
Improper Oral Hygiene: Plaque buildup around the teeth leads to bacterial growth, thus producing an unpleasant smell. If not cleaned properly, plaque can cause gingivitis and can eventually lead to gum (periodontal) disease. For patients with dentures that are not cleaned daily or properly, bad breath and a bad sense of taste are common. Solution: Brushing and flossing daily to eliminate food from getting stuck in-between your teeth and causing bacterial growth.
Personal Habits: Eating foods with strong aromas or odors, such as garlic, onion and special spices, or personal habits like chewing tobacco or smoking, can also cause bad breath. Solution: Watching what you’re eating every day and quitting smoking if possible.
Systemic Disease: Kidney or liver disease, a sinus or upper respiratory infection and even diabetes can produce "fruity" or acetone-like smells. Solution: Seek medical advice if your bad breath is related to systematic disease or due to the medication you’re taking.
Dry Mouth (Xerstomia): Reduced saliva flow in the mouth can also cause bad breath. Solution: Drinking more fluids or asking for a dry mouth prescription bottle from your dentist.
Treatment Recommendations for Bad Breath
Please keep in mind that the most common causes of bad breath are untreated gum disease or teeth decay, which means regular dentist visits are super important! We recommend that professional cleanings with your dentist are at least done twice a year. Patients with gum disease should see a dentist or hygienist four times a year for their periodontal maintenance cleaning. Ask your dentist about using laser or an antibiotic called Arestin® to treat gum infection. An antibacterial rinse like Peridexâ¢ can also help to lower bacterial loads in the mouth, giving you a fresh smell and taste in the mouth.
You can contact Dr. Peggy Chu at Smile Generation®-trusted Diamond Bar Smiles Dentistry at: (909) 860-6232.