Dental Health and Bad Breath Issues

Bad breath issues are most commonly associated with embarrassing social settings however bad breath goes beyond these uncomfortable settings and can be an indication of a more serious problem. Persistent bad breath is often caused by underlying health issues which should be treated within a dental office. Your dentist will be able to help you determine the cause of the bad breath as well as give you remedies for treating those causes.

One of the most common underlying causes behind bad breath is poor hygiene. Poor hygiene usually begins during childhood and can lead to serious problems in the teeth and gums.  The buildup of tartar and plaque can allow unhealthy bacteria to exist in the mouth, on the tongue or in the gums and on the gums. This bacterium can cause bad breath as well as gum disease and tooth decay. Proper oral hygiene should be maintained on a regular basis as well as routine visits to the dental office. Serious health problems can be caused by unhealthy bacteria within the mouth including heart disease and diabetes.

Bad breath can also be caused by a person’s diet including coffee and tea, strongly spiced foods and various other foods and beverages. The use of tobacco products such as cigarette smoking can result in halitosis or extreme bad breath. Cutting back on these foods and substances will result in a decrease in the symptoms of bad breath. Medical causes can also manipulate the experience of extreme bad breath. Some of these medical conditions include problems in the gastrointestinal system, kidneys, liver and respiratory system. Some medications may also be the cause of bad breath.

If you are experiencing persistent bad breath you should consult your dentist. Your dentist will be able to assist you in determining if your bad breath is the cause of oral hygiene habits or of gum disease or tooth decay. Your dentist will refer you to a physician if he or she finds that there is no dental reason for the bad breath. Bad breath may be an indication of a more serious condition and should never be ignored.