Few things can be as embarrassing as chronic bad breath. In addition to affecting your social life, halitosis may also be a sign of serious dental issues. Dr. Naik discusses the causes of bad breath and the steps you can take to keep your breath fresh.
What causes bad breath? A variety of factors can lead to bad breath. Once common cause is dry mouth. When we take certain medications or drink products containing caffeine, the saliva in our mouth dries up. Saliva is the body’s natural means of cleansing the mouth of bacteria and food particles. Without saliva, bacteria thrive, breaking down food particles and releasing foul odors. Poor oral hygiene, such as rarely brushing or flossing, also allows bacteria to multiply and feed on stray food debris. Finally, one of the early symptoms of gum disease is bad breath. Gum disease occurs when bacteria irritate the gums, leading to gingivitis. Over time, the gums may start to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. When bacteria invade these pockets, the onset of gum disease begins. If left untreated, gum disease may lead to sore gums and even tooth loss.
How do you fight bad breath? First, always maintain proper dental habits. You should brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and always rinse afterward with an antibacterial mouthwash. These simple measures help remove the bacteria and food particles that cause halitosis. You should also attend regular checkups and cleanings with Dr.Naik. During a checkup and cleaning, Dr. Naik will pinpoint the cause of your bad breath and prescribe the treatment necessary to ensure good dental health and fresh, clean breath. Finally, cut down on foods high in sugars and other starches. These foods and drinks can often lead to dry mouth and plaque buildup, which eventually cause bad breath and the development of gum disease or tooth decay.
Our dental practice enthusiastically shares our knowledge and skill set with patients to maintain smiles’ health and vitality. We listen. We care. Dr. Naik looks forward to giving you and others in Moreno Valley, CA the gift of a lovely smile. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment 951-924-2700!