If you’ve ever eaten foods heavy in garlic or onions, then you know bad breath can affect anyone at least temporarily. When you have chronic bad breath or halitosis, the cause may be something else.
Today we want to share some of the most common reasons for this problem along with some ways you can treat it. Our team at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS in Crown Point, IN has been helping patients for decades.
As part of our general dentistry, we can help you determine the source of your breath issue, so you can feel less self-conscious. This can give you more confidence when meeting new people for work or in personal situations.
To make an appointment, call 219-641-3422 today.
Learn The Causes Of This Condition
Halitosis affects millions of people throughout the United States. If you are one of them, it can lead you to feel anxious, and that’s not how we want you to feel. Instead, we want to identify the cause of your bad breath so we can find a long-term solution that works for you.
Keep in mind, that halitosis can have more than one cause, and you may have a combination of the following concerns:
- Oral hygiene habits — Let’s start with the most obvious reason someone may have bad breath. If you don’t have a good oral care routine, you are invited bacteria to grow inside your mouth. You also may be leaving food particles trapped between teeth that can cause an odor of their own.
- Tobacco use — Smoking and/or using smokeless tobacco products undeniably affect your breath. Many smokers are aware of them even if they have become accustomed to the way their mouths taste, but that doesn’t mean other people are happy about it.
- Untreated gum disease — One of the symptoms of periodontal disease is lingering bad breath. This is directly related to the fact that harmful bacteria cause gum infections. If left untreated, these bacteria multiply and their waste changes the smell of breath.
- Dry mouth — The bacteria mentioned above also thrive in a drier environment. If you suffer from dry mouth frequently, bacteria are more likely to survive. Saliva helps to remove those bacteria (as well as the food particles they use for fuel) from your mouth.
- Illnesses and infections — A variety of health issues can cause bad breath. These include some forms of cancer, metabolic disorders, and GERD among others.
- Medications — Some medicines can cause dry mouth as a side effect. Others can break down in your body, release chemicals that cause breath odors.
Address Your Issues
You don’t have to feel ashamed about your bad breath at our office. We want to help you just as we’ve helped many of our patients in and around Crown Point. If you have gum disease, we offer treatments for that. If you have chronic dry mouth, we can discuss ways you can address that as well.
And if you are a tobacco user, we strongly encourage you to quit. You don’t have to do this alone.