We all do our best to brush our teeth regularly, however sometimes adults skip this crucial step to keeping a healthy smile. Patients have admitted to not brushing their teeth when late for work or class, enjoying a ‘lazy Sunday’, or simply forgetting to brush. We understand! While there is innocence in the occasional slip-up, consistently practicing poor dental hygiene can lead to halitosis, or persistent bad breath. At Sugarland Dental Spa in Sugarland, Texas, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions about halitosis.
Common Questions About Halitosis and Bad Breath
What are some common causes of halitosis?
The most common cause of halitosis is poor dental care. Halitosis occurs when the buildup of harmful bacteria in your mouth constantly gives off a bad odor. Not caring for your teeth properly can allow this foul-smelling bacteria to grow rapidly on the tongue, inner cheek, and gums of the patient. Additionally, genetics could be responsible for some cases of chronic halitosis. Halitosis is also known to be more common in males than in females.
How do I know if I have halitosis?
While most people have unpleasant breath after waking up in the morning, a patient with halitosis will continue to have this problem throughout the day, even after brushing and flossing. There is often a correlation between halitosis and a bad taste in the patient’s mouth. If a patient notices a bad taste that does not go away a few hours after brushing, the bacteria that cause halitosis may be present.
Can my diet increase my risk of halitosis?
If a patient brushes and flosses regularly, the diet has little effect on the development of halitosis. It is true that certain foods such as meats, dairy, and foods with a strong odor can encourage bad breath. However, the bad breath caused by these foods is only temporary, and should not lead to halitosis in a healthy mouth. While breath odor is only temporarily affected by diet, there are some foods that can permanently harm your oral health. Although a poor diet cannot directly cause halitosis, it could worsen the chronic bad breath in patients that already have halitosis.
How can I treat halitosis?
Mild forms of halitosis can be treated simply by improving your brushing habits. For more severe cases of halitosis, additional steps may be necessary. There are specific mouthwashes and tongue scrapers designed to treat halitosis. Anti-septic mouthwash products are available in most super markets that can kill the germs and bacteria that cause halitosis. Tongue scrapers can be used to remove the majority of this bacteria that grows on the tongue. Simple cleaning and prevention treatments from a dentist can also be used to treat halitosis.
Contact Sugarland Dental Spa
If you or a loved one struggle with halitosis, the dentists at Sugarland Dental Spa can help! To receive treatment for halitosis or other dental health problems, please contact us today!