At the practice of Victor R. Siegel, DDS here in Rockville, we take all dental care concerns seriously. This is why advanced general dentistry is the cornerstone of our practice, with emphasis on prevention as well as basic dental maintenance and upkeep.
General dentistry isn't all exams and cleanings, however. We also take into account issues related to bad breath as this sometimes plays into matters of overall wellness. We'd like to consider these matters right now.
About Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Bad breath refers to the off-putting or unpleasant odor that is present in a person's mouth. This may be the result of dental health issues, certain foods and beverages, or even general health matters.
Common Causes of Bad Breath (Halitosis)
The most common causes of bad breath can vary a fair amount. These include:
- The Bacteria That Naturally Occurs in the Mouth - The most common cause of bad breath is the bacteria that's naturally in the mouth. This bacteria feeds on food particles and produces unpleasant odors in the process.
- Smoking and Tobacco Products - Smoking and chewing tobacco are bad for your overall health, and they also do no favors to your breath. It's just another compelling reason to quit.
- Tooth Decay and Gum Disease - Tooth decay and gum disease, particularly in more advanced stages, and contribute to cases of bad breath.
- Certain Foods and Beverages - Certain foods are more likely to cause bad breath or unpleasant odors, such as garlic, onions, curries, certain fish, certain cheeses, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. Be wary with these foods and drinks.
- Dry Mouth - When you have no saliva in the mouth, food particles and dead cells in the mouth fester and remain rather than get washed away. This can lead to unpleasant breath.
- Digestive Tract Issues - Problems with the throat and stomach can potentially result in bad breath.
- Respiratory Problems - As with digestive tract issues, infections and problems with the respiratory system can lead to bad breath.
- Nasal and Sinus Problems - In addition to respiratory issues, problems with the sinuses and the nasal cavity can cause you to experience bad breath as well.
Treatments for Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Treating bad breath can be done in a number of ways depending on the root cause of your bad breath.
When bad breath is related to a dental health issue, the ideal treatment option is to address the tooth decay, gum disease, or other matter that is causing your bad breath/affecting your dental health. This will not just address the bad breath but improve your overall health and wellness in the process.
When the bad breath is related to a systemic issue apart from the mouth, your ideal option is to speak with your general practitioner about treating these kinds of matters.
Tips for Preventing Bad Breath
In order to prevent bad breath from happening, consider the following tips:
- Quit smoking or simply just don't start
- Stay hydrated with water throughout the day
- Brush your teeth after every meal
- Floss your teeth after every meal
- Be wary about foods/beverages that cause bad breath
- Use sugar-free mints or chewing gum to minimize foul odors
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Schedule a Consultation for Advanced Dental Care Treatment
If you would like to learn more about your general dental care options, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Victor R. Siegel and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you understand all of your options for advanced dental care.