Dealing with persistent bad breath is never a fun ordeal, and it can often be traced back to poor habits in your lifestyle or diet. If you have bad breath, the first step is to use effective oral care habits such as brushing and flossing and using antibacterial mouthwash. However, sometimes bad breath can be chronic, and is then known as halitosis, especially if it’s caused by an underlying health issue that needs a professional diagnosis.
Our dentist can help you determine the source of your bad breath and provide the proper treatment to sweeten your smile.
Often times, issues with bad breath are the result of an ineffective oral hygiene routine that natural bacteria to thrive and fill the mouth with sour odors. It’s very important to maintain proper habits of brushing and flossing, including brushing your tongue each time.
If you have undiagnosed or untreated health issues, these could contribute to having bad breath. One possibility is chronic dry mouth, caused by decreased saliva production as a result of using tobacco, alcohol or certain prescription medications or being dehydrated. In particular, tobacco can cause bad breath when the tissues in the oral cavity become permeated with tar and chemicals.
Certain medical conditions can also be to blame. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or kidney or liver problems, you may have a side effect of bad breath, especially if it’s accompanied by a slightly sweet odor.
Contact Laura Miller, DDS at 860-346-6872 today to learn more about treatments for bad breath in Middletown, Connecticut, from our experienced dentist, Dr. Laura Miller.