What Is Bad Breath?

Bad breath is a common problem that can cause significant psychological distress. There are a number of potential causes and treatments available. Bad breath is also known as halitosis is estimated that 1 in 4 people have bad breath on a regular basis.

Even After I Brush, I Still Have Bad Breath, Why?

Bad breath may be a sign of something more severe such as gum disease.  Dr. Cranham may recommend a toothpaste that includes an antibacterial agent or an antibacterial mouthwash. However, if gum disease is present, professional cleaning may be necessary to clear out the build-up of bacteria in pockets between the gums and teeth.

What are potential causes of chronic bad breath?

  • Tobacco
    • Tobacco products cause their own types of mouth odor. Additionally, they increase the chances of gum disease which can also cause bad breath.
  • Diet
    • The breakdown of food particles stuck in the teeth can cause odors. Some foods such as onions and garlic can also cause bad breath. After they are digested, their breakdown products are carried in the blood to the lungs where they can affect the breath.
  • Dry Mouth
    • Saliva naturally cleans the mouth. If the mouth is naturally dry or dry due to a specific disease, such as xerostomia, odors can build up.
  • Personal Dental Hygiene
    • Brushing and flossing ensure the removal of small particles of food that can build up and slowly break down, producing odor. A film of bacteria called plaque builds up if brushing is not regular. This plaque can irritate the gums and cause inflammation between the teeth and gums called  Dentures that are not cleaned regularly or properly can also harbor bacteria that cause halitosis.
  • Crash Diets
    • Fasting and low-carbohydrate eating programs can produce halitosis. This is due to the breakdown of fats producing chemicals called ketones. These ketones have a strong aroma.
  • Diseases
    • Some cancers, liver failure, and other metabolic diseases can cause halitosis, due to the specific mixes of chemicals that they produce. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can cause bad breath due to the regular reflux of stomach acids.

What Should I Do?

If bad breath odor persists despite controlling the above factors, it is recommended that you visit Dr. Cranham for a dental exam and cleaning. We will evaluate your oral health and recommend treatment or a referral to rule out other conditions.

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If you are suffering from chronic bad breath, we offer solutions in our Norfolk, VA and Chesapeake, VA area cosmetic dentist office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Cranham to discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.

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