Although you probably do not want to admit it, you suffer from chronic bad breath. This involves more than just an occasional odor when eating certain foods, like onions, or forgetting to brush your teeth. Instead, it happens on an almost daily basis and nothing you do seems to cure it. If this sounds familiar, you likely have an underlying issue causing extra bacteria in your mouth. To rid the foul smell, you will need to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Coeur D’Alene to find the cause of the problem.
Why Do I Have Bad Breath?
It is normal for everyone to have bad breath from time to time. However, for some, it happens more frequently. To combat the odor, you must find the underlying cause of the issue.
In 80% of patients, it is due from an oral source, such as untreated tooth decay, gum disease, or trapped food particles in the teeth, restorations, or the tonsils. In some cases, certain medical conditions, like diabetes, respiratory infections, and acid reflux can also lead to the unpleasant smell.
Is there Any Cure?
With the right home oral hygiene habits and care from your dentist, you can cure bad breath. After an initial consultation, your dentist will work to find the cause of the odor to create an effective treatment plan.
If gum disease is the problem, you will begin periodontal therapy to restore the health of your gums while reducing oral bacteria. If there is another cause, like tooth decay, it will be treated to rehabilitate your dental health while also reducing the poor odor.
In addition to dental care, you may need to make changes to your home oral hygiene habits. For example, a manual toothbrush may not be effective for reducing your oral bacteria. As a result, your dentist may recommend the use of an electronic one, as well as a special mouthrinse that caters to bad breath.
It is best to be proactive about your oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each session. Do not forget to clean the tongue where bacteria and bad odors can linger. In addition, floss each night before going to bed to remove odor-causing bacteria and food particles from in between the teeth and around the gum line.
You may also want to watch what you eat to avoid certain foods that cause bad breath, like onions, garlic, and spicy foods. Instead, eat a balanced meal that has plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you use tobacco, stopping the habit will help to reduce the issue.
Stop Your Bad Breath Today
If you are tired of feeling insecure about your breath, it is time to contact your dentist to stop living with the unpleasant smell.
About Dr. Filip E. Orban
Dr. Filip E. Orban is supported by a lifelong passion to promote oral health. After earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, he was named one of “America’s Top Dentists” by Consumers Research of America in 2016. Through is commitment to providing high-quality care, he can help you overcome bad breath. Contact Orban Family Dental today to schedule a consultation.