Millions of people suffer from chronic halitosis, or persistent bad breath. In most cases, bad breath starts in the gums and tongue. The odor is caused by accumulated food particles, which create bacterial buildup in the mouth and poor oral hygiene. With the decay and bacterial buildup, a sulfur compound results and produces the unpleasant odor.
Other sources that can cause bad breath (halitosis) may include:
• Kidney failure
• Liver malfunction
• Dry mouth
• Tobacco use
• Age and hormonal changes
• Postnasal drip
• Spicy foods, garlic, onions, and coffee
If you suffer with bad breath, Drs. Davis and Matthews encourage you to practice good oral hygiene. They recommend you brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Proper brushing and flossing removes bacteria and food particles lessening the sulfur compound that results from poor oral hygiene and reducing that unpleasant odor in your mouth. Don’t forget to clean your tongue with your toothbrush as well to reduce bacteria that builds on the tongue.
Visit Excel Dental regularly, because this will help detect any physical problems. Regular visits also help get rid of the bacteria that builds up on your teeth. If you think that you suffer from bad breath, Drs. Davis and Matthews can help determine its source.
Please call Excel Dental today if you have questions or concerns with halitosis, and schedule an appointment today.