One of the most embarrassing oral conditions that individuals suffer from is known as halitosis, or more commonly referred to as bad breath. Bad breath often results from foul odors that arise from your mouth. Bad breath can be caused by the foods you eat, unhealthy lifestyle habits, and underlying health conditions.
Not all foods and drinks that produce bad breath are unhealthy for you. Sometimes, foods have extremely strong ingredients, including garlic, onions, and coffee, all of which are known to contribute to bad breath. However, if food debris and residue are allowed to gather in your mouth and go uncleaned, oral health issues including tooth decay and gum disease can arise, which in turn will promote gum disease.
Poor oral hygiene is often linked to bad breath. This includes plaque buildup in your mouth due to a failure to brush and floss each day effectively, as well a failure to visit your dentist for routine checkups and professional cleanings. In addition, unhealthy habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco have been known to contribute to bad breath. Dry mouth is also known to contribute to bad breath. Numerous medications often list dry mouth as a side effect, so exercise caution with any medications you may be taking.
Bad breath is also the result of underlying issues within your body. Although gum disease has been known to produce bad breath, even deeper problems with your body can produce it, including liver problems, kidney malfunctions and respiratory tract infections.
A bad breath disorder can be treated with the help of our licensed professionals at Complete Dental Care. To book an appointment with Dr. Robert Doyle at our dentist office in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, please contact us at 412-567-0927. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.