If you are experiencing bad breath or have received comments about the odor of your breath, it may be indicative of halitosis. While bad breath can be temporary and linked to certain foods or morning breath, neglecting daily oral hygiene is the most common cause. This neglect allows millions of bacteria in the mouth, particularly on the tongue, to release bacterial acids and sulfur byproducts, which are known as volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), resulting in bad breath. Other causes of halitosis include respiratory tract infections, uncontrolled diabetes, tooth decay, chronic sinusitis, and gum disease.
At our dental office in Edina, MN, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your oral cavity, which includes an examination of your teeth and gums, salivary glands, and tongue, as well as a review of your medical history, including any medications that may cause dry mouth. Chronic halitosis may also arise from dietary habits such as consuming garlic or onions, drinking coffee or alcohol, or following low-carb or ketogenic diets. Unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking or chewing tobacco also contribute to unpleasant breath.
To boost your confidence and improve your breath, it is essential to brush and floss at least twice a day for two minutes, cleaning your tongue, and using an antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash. Staying hydrated, chewing sugarless gum, and rinsing your mouth after eating can also prevent dry mouth and flush away oral debris. Consuming nutritious foods and avoiding unhealthy snacks will promote saliva flow and scrub the teeth.
Apart from daily care, addressing any health issues is necessary. Our dentists in Edina, MN can determine if you have oral infections stemming from tooth decay, gum inflammation, or poorly fitting dentures. Seeing your primary physician can address respiratory tract infections, liver or kidney disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions.
Regular dental visits can help detect problems at an early stage, and remove hardened plaque leading to bad breath. Please schedule a consultation with our friendly dentist, Dr. Bashar, DDS, if you need help alleviating chronic bad breath. Let us help you gain confidence and implement effective solutions for a healthier smile.