Why People Get Bad Breath

• Periodontal disease

• Diet

• Medical conditions

• Tobacco

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Preventing Bad Breath

Sometimes chronic bad breath needs more than a toothbrush to go away. Good oral care is a good way to avoid bad breath but if it is a regular problem, then something else is going on and treatment is probably required. Dr. David Williams in Pensacola, FL can evaluate your bad breath and help you determine the cause.

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What is Causing Bad Breath?

Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease is one of the most common culprits of oral malodor because the bacteria that cause it will not go away with regular brushing, flossing, or mouthwash. It requires professional periodontal treatment to address it. If left untreated, the problem will persist and teeth and bone will also be adversely affected.

Dietary choices: Strong foods and beverages, including alcohol, can make the breath smell, especially when consumed frequently. Mints, mouthwash, and brushing will not cover the odor for very long because the food will still need to be metabolized fully by the body.

Tobacco: Smoking cigarettes or using chewing tobacco can cause all kinds of health problems, including halitosis. Tobacco also increases plaque production, which leads to gum disease.

Medical problems: If you have bad breath that persists, talk to your medical doctor to rule out disease. Health problems, such as organ and lung disease, diabetes, yeast infections in the mouth, digestive problems, and sinus issues can make the breath smell.

Avoiding and Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Remove Bacteria: The best way to avoid halitosis caused by bacteria is to remove it from your mouth on a regular basis. Brush after eating and drinking and use floss at least twice a day. A tongue scraper is also useful for removing bacteria that gets trapped on the tongue. Regular periodontal exams and cleanings are also important. If bacteria has already caused gum disease, you must have it treated or bad breath will remain and likely become worse. Dr. Williams can determine if gum disease is the cause and provide appropriate care.

Do not smoke or chew tobacco: Tobacco smells and it causes diseases that can place your life at risk.

Track your diet: Start keeping a diary to see if you are eating foods that cause bad breath, such as fish, cheese, certain spices, garlic, onions, alcohol, and the like. Reduce your consumption and see what happens.

Visit your health care provider: You may have a health problem that is causing mouth malodor.

Drink more fluids: Dry mouth can lead to halitosis so keep water and other healthy fluids on hand during the day.

Dr. Williams and his staff have helped countless patients with halitosis in the Pensacola, FL region find answers and solutions. If chronic bad breath is a problem, call or contact our office today so we can make an appointment for you!