Halitosis is just a fancy word for bad breath, but it’s important to take note when it arises. Bad breath can arise for many reasons and have many different sources. Odor could come from the back of the tongue, the stomach, the lungs, or even from food or tobacco use, but it can also come from old food particles getting trapped between your teeth and under your gum line. If gum disease is present, creating deep pockets; you’ll find those pockets will harbor more debris than shallow ones, causing a foul odor.
Treatment for Bad Breath
There are several types of illnesses and medical conditions that could result in stinky breath. Because of this, it’s important to check with your doctor and your dentist as part of your family dental care to find out whether an illness or medication is causing bad breath.
If you are healthy and suffer from bad breath, start by brushing your tongue. Often, this can reduce bad breath up to 70%. Another important way to prevent bad breath, is to practice good oral hygiene; be sure to brush at least twice a day and don’t forget to floss at least once a day. Visiting Salt Run Family Dentistry on a regular basis is a great way to make sure we treat any conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease before they cause a problem. Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco can improve your breath as well. To learn more about bad breath and how to prevent and treat it, contact Salt Run Family Dentistry today!