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Dental Health and Bad Breath

There is nothing more frustrating than having bad breath you just can’t seem to control.  Halitosis is caused by numerous reasons and they often have little to do with what you are eating and drinking.

  • Poor dental hygiene is probably the number one preventable cause of bad breath. By not brushing and flossing properly or regularly small food particles can get trapped between the teeth and under and around the gum line. These particles will eventually begin to decay causing both tooth discomfort and odor.
  • Periodontal or gum disease often causes bad breath due to plaque build-up. Plaque is loaded with bacteria which in turn can cause toxins and infection to form in the mouth.
  • Certain medications can cause oral yeast infections while others cause dry mouth as a side effect. Both of these problems can create unpleasant smells. Then some people experience dry mouth as a chronic medical condition. Dry mouth or xerostomia is caused by an absence of saliva. Saliva is needed to wash away dead cells in the mouth and neutralize acid caused by leftover plaque. When saliva production is decreased the dead cells and plaque toxins can accumulate, developing an unpleasant odor.

Obviously the major halitosis culprits can be easily remedied by brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time, followed by flossing. Correct flossing will remove the remaining leftover food particles thereby reducing the source of the odor.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease and are experiencing bad breath please discuss this with your dentist. Medications may be able to help. For other odor problems caused by a yeast infection or xerostomia, please consult a medical doctor for treatment options.

Concerned about bad breath? Call and schedule an appointment today. We here at Ellis Dental will work to get your breath minty fresh in no time!

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