Bad breath or halitosis can be pretty embarrassing, and it can cause someone to feel anxious, but it doesn’t have to be difficult to fix. Temporary fixes include mints, gum and mouthwash. But to really fix it, you have to find its cause. At The Richardson Dentist we look forward to helping you get rid of bad breath and get your smile fresh.
Dry mouth – saliva helps cleanse your mouth but when it is decreased, such as during the night, your breath can suffer.
Food and dental conditions – Some foods, like onions and garlic, are known for causing bad breath; but there are other foods that can make your breath less-than-fresh. But poor dental hygiene, gum disease, or periodontal disease can also be the culprit of your bad breath. Bacteria can collect and release chemicals. Plaque can form between your teeth and gums, worsening the problem.
Diseases and illnesses – some diseases such as cancer and metabolic disorders can produce chemicals that cause bad breath odor. Diabetes, kidney or liver failure can give breath a fishy odor. Diabetes that is uncontrolled can release keytones that can cause a fruity breath odor. And medications can release chemicals that can be smelled on your breath. Illnesses such as sinus infections can cause bad breath.
First, try easy lifestyle changes to improve your breath:
• Brush your teeth and tongue after eating
• Use dental floss
• Drink plenty of water
If you don’t notice an improvement, come see our dentist Dr. Goad at The Richardson Dentist in Richardson, TX. Here, we can help determine what is causing your bad breath and provide treatment such as a professional cleaning or other measures. If we suspect another medical condition, we will refer you to another doctor.