When you have bad breath, you may be the last to know. Often, we are not aware that we suffer from halitosis until someone tells us. When the problem is temporary, it can be easily masked with gum or mouthwash, but what happens when bad breath is chronic? For treatment of persistent bad breath in Easton, MD, schedule a consultation with Dr. John V. Louis for diagnosis and treatment. Halitosis can be caused by several factors, including:
- The foods you eat
- Poor dental practices
- Gum disease
- Tobacco products
- Medical conditions or medication
What Contributes to Your Bad Breath?
The Foods You Eat
Spicy foods or foods like onions and garlic are known to result in halitosis. Fortunately, the condition passes as the foods are processed by your system.
Poor Dental Practices
If you are not flossing and brushing regularly, bacteria will inhabit the surfaces of your teeth, gums, and tongue. These bacteria emit toxins which can produce an odor. Proper dental hygiene, in this case, is all that is needed for treatment. Some patients may also benefit from the use of a tongue scraper or anti-bacterial mouthwash.
When the bacteria that develop in your mouth infect your gum tissue, it results in gum disease. Gum disease is a condition that slowly destroys your gums and bone over time. It is an active oral infection which creates halitosis. Treatment for gum disease should be performed as soon as possible to avoid complications. Dr. Louis may recommend localized antibiotic therapy, scaling and root planing, or laser gum surgery.
Chewing or smoking tobacco can result in halitosis. The products generally produce an unpleasant odor but can also dry out the mouth. Saliva naturally washes away food particles and without it, your fresh breath may be jeopardized.
Medical Conditions or Medications
Sinus infections, diabetes, acid reflux, and respiratory conditions are all known to cause halitosis. A visit to your primary physician can help you determine whether your health is the source of bad breath. Certain prescriptions may also be at fault, as they can result in dry mouth.
Chronic halitosis is a condition that should be evaluated, no matter the cause. To schedule your private consultation in Easton, MD, contact Dr. Louis today.