Gum Disease and Bad Breath
Are You Self Conscious About Your Bad Breath? We Can Help!
Factors That Affect Bad Breath
Bad breath can be a result of poor dental hygiene but can also be a sign of other health problems.
Factors that affect bad breath include:
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Lifestyle Habits
- Gum Disease
- Dry Mouth
- Chronic Illness
Embarrassed By Bad Breath?
How To Prevent Bad Breath
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly
- Have teeth professionally cleaned according to your treatment plan
- Stop smoking or chewing tobacco-based products
- Stimulate saliva flow in the mouth by drinking lots of water, chewing gum, or sucking on sugar-free candy
- Maintain a food log to identify any foods with strong odors
Bad breath causes embarrassment for most people but more importantly, it can be an indication of a serious problem, especially when chronic. The proper diagnosis and treatment for halitosis in Loma Linda, CA is available with Dr. Roger Sohn.
Common Bad Breath Causes
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Health issues and medication
- Dietary and lifestyle behaviors
Bad Breath Causes and Solutions
Tooth decay and gum disease: Cavities and gum disease cause bad breath. Oral bacteria must be removed every day with good brushing and flossing techniques. Scraping the tongue free of bacteria is also recommended, along with regular dental cleanings and examinations. If gum disease or decay is present, it must be treated professionally or the condition will continue to worsen. Gum disease is the leading cause of bone and tooth loss.
Health issues and medication: Disease in other areas of the body also causes bad breath. Kidney and digestive disorders, lung disease, sinus problems, oral yeast, and a variety of prescription medications can cause bad breath. Please speak with your medical doctor to rule out any of these causative factors.
Dietary and lifestyle behaviors: Food that smells very strong will stay on the breath for hours, usually until it is metabolized by the body. Mints, mouthwash, and toothpastes will not fully eliminate bad breath, but only serve to mask it temporarily. If you eat fish, cheese, garlic, onions, spices, and other foods with strong odors on a regular basis, then that could be the problem. Track your diet in a journal and find out. Tobacco, whether chewed or smoked, also causes halitosis. Tobacco is also very unhealthy. If you use tobacco, stop.
Hydrate with Water: Drink a lot of water and other healthy substitutes during the day to prevent dry mouth, another common cause of bad breath.
Getting a proper diagnosis and treatment for halitosis in Loma Linda, CA with Dr. Sohn will have you feeling confident and happy again. Call us today for your personal consultation.
Dr. Sohn’s office is equipped with the latest in hi-tech dental equipment and our staff is trained to provide the best possible dental experience for you and your family. We take pride in the service we provide to our patients from Loma Linda. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please use the Contact Us form to send us a message today. We look forward to providing you with the personal oral care you deserve.