Bad breath, also called halitosis, can make people feel self-conscious and ashamed. Although certain foods can increase bad breath temporarily, chronic halitosis is often the result of gum disease. Here is a deeper look at bad breath and how you can get rid of it.
How Does Bad Breath Occur?
After consumption of some foods, such as garlic and onions, the body absorbs sulfurous compounds and exhales it from the lungs. In many other cases, oral overgrowth of bad bacteria results in a constant stench that even brushing will not eliminate for long. In such cases, plaque forms from food particles stuck on and between the teeth. Bacteria consume the food particles and create their own smelly sulfurous compounds. Naturally, addressing the bacteria is key to resolving the stink.
Addressing Bad Breath Directly
Every day, you should brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice and floss at least once. Mouthwash is also beneficial, particularly when gum disease is involved. If you suffer from dry mouth, a major risk factor for gum disease and halitosis, you should find out what is causing it and try to increase your salivation. Aging and certain medical conditions and medication side effects are often to blame.
Besides caring for your teeth at home, you should visit our dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleaning. Our dentist will also be able to detect signs of gum disease if it is present. If necessary, you can receive a variety of treatments for gingivitis and advanced periodontitis from our periodontist in Northridge.
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