Do you still have bad breath after brushing and flossing? Poor dental hygiene habits could be the cause of the malodor, but you could also be suffering from a more serious health problem. If you suffer from halitosis, it is important to identify the cause of your bad breath in order to treat it properly. Arlington Periodontics offers patients treatment for halitosis in Arlington, TX.
What Could Be Causing My Halitosis?
Some factors that influence bad breath include the following:
- The foods you eat. Sometimes a diet of foods strong in odor is the culprit of bad breath. Effective brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash after eating foods like fish, cheese, onions, garlic, coffee, or anything spicy is very helpful in eliminating a major cause of bad breath. However, the odor might not go away completely until the foods have left your system.
- Ineffective oral hygiene. If you do not routinely brush, floss, use a tongue scraper, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, you will accumulate bacteria around your teeth and on your tongue. A buildup of bacteria will often cause a persistent bad odor.
- Gum and bone diseases. Bad breath that will not go away is a sign of periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases are caused by bacteria that will destroy your gums and jaw bone. Having an active infection in your mouth, of which bleeding and pocket depths are often a sign of, can cause halitosis.
- Lifestyle habits. Smoking and chewing tobacco causes bad breath.
- Dry mouth. Bacteria are not easily washed away when there is little to no saliva present. A buildup of bacteria in your mouth can be very odorous.
- Chronic illness. Chronic sinus infections, respiratory infections, and acid reflux can cause an ongoing mouth odor problem.
To help prevent bad breath, you should brush and floss effectively on a regular daily basis, receive a professional dental cleaning as often as your doctor recommends, stop smoking, and promote saliva production to aid in washing away bacteria by sipping water or sucking on sugar free mints. To learn more about treating your halitosis, call Arlington Periodontics to schedule your consultation in Arlington, TX today.