If you’ve ever gone on a job interview or first date only to discover that you have an untimely case of bad breath, you know how important it is to keep it from coming back.
Halitosis, the technical term for bad breath, can be caused by a number of factors. Eliminating the condition may involve simple adjustments to your routine, or it may necessitate a visit with your dentist.
The easiest way to avoid bad breath is to stay away from foods like garlic and onions that cause it. You don’t have to swear them off forever, just in the hours preceding a big event where you’ll need to make a good impression.
For some patients, simply beefing up the home oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing will suffice to eradicate halitosis. Kicking a bad habit, like smoking, may also do the trick.
Other causes of bad breath may not be so easy to address.
Beyond being a major nuisance, bad breath may also indicate serious health problems. In these cases, a dentist will need to provide treatment, such as a deep cleaning for periodontal disease or draining an abscess, to get rid of your bad breath.
Often the side effect of medications, dry mouth can also cause bad breath because less saliva is available to clear bacteria and other odor-causing particles from the mouth. If you have this problem, drinking more water may help to keep your mouth moist in the absence of saliva. If the issue is severe, you may need to use an artificial saliva product.
In some cases, the cause of bad breath may not be in the mouth at all. Sinus infections, bronchitis or even diabetes may be the problem. If so, you may be referred to your physician for help to get rid of bad breath.
Whatever the cause, there’s no need to suffer the embarrassment of halitosis. Contact our experienced team at Fielder Park Dental, serving Arlington TX, for an evaluation to learn what is at fault for your bad breath and how it can be treated. Call 817-275-4817 to schedule your visit.