Bad breath has several possible causes. While it may be natural to think of foods such as onions and garlic as being a big cause, or tobacco, they certainly are not the only culprits. Bad breath, also called halitosis, can become a chronic problem even after brushing your teeth. When that happens, you need to see a dentist for treating bad breath.

Causes of Bad Breath

In most cases, bad breath is caused by a dental problem. This is where the diagnosis should start. Although there are three main causes, they are each caused by the same thing – the bacteria in your mouth. This bacterium produces an acid when it consumes sugar in any form. Another waste product is sulfide gas – which is what you smell.

  • Poor oral care– When you do not brush or floss your teeth regularly – or very often – it permits the bacteria to build up in your mouth. A large enough quantity of it means the production of more of the sulfide compounds – which stink. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will often take care of this problem – if no other dental problems exist.
  • Cavities– When the bacteria have created a larger cavity in a tooth, there is a considerable amount of them in it. Together, they can produce enough sulfide gas for you – and others – to smell it on your breath.
  • Gum disease– This problem is often the result of poor oral care. The bacteria have become tartar on and below your gum line and the bacteria are hiding in it. Once they can get access to your gums, it will start an immune reaction that will soon get out of control. It may soon become periodontitis. Again, it is the bacteria, along with the decaying tissue that is producing the halitosis.

The Cover-up

There is little doubt that you have probably tried to cover up your bad breath. This is especially true if you go out on a date or need to work around or be close to other people. Be aware that things like mints and candy are not a solution. In fact, they will make it worse because they often have sugar in them – which will feed the bacteria that cause bad breath.

The Treatment

After an oral examination which may involve x-rays, the dentist can assess the problem and start treating bad breath. It is important to realize that until the dental problem is eliminated, you will continue to have bad breath.

To correct the problem – if it is dental, you will either need to start developing good oral habits, or the dentist will need to remedy the problem. If it is gum disease, the sooner you have the problem treated the better because time will only make it worse – and your breath, too.

The friendly dentists at Bright White Dental can help you with halitosis. Treating bad breathis one of their specialties. Treatment can enable you to solve the problem and not need to keep your distance from others. Make an appointment today for a consultation.