Here at Dentistry of Nashville we recognize that bad breath can be a serious problem for many of our Nashville area dental patients. According to recent reports, well over 80 million people suffer from bad breath related to issues from gums, teeth, tongue or oral hygiene issues. However, bad breath or “halitosis” can be a significant warning sign of oral health problems or improper dental hygiene.
Halitosis And Health Issues
Long term bad breath that does not go away may be a warning symptom of something wrong with your oral health. Things that can also cause bad breath are: periodontal disease, cavities, gum disease, ill fitting dental appliances, chronic sinus infections, yeast infections in the mouth. Additional causes of bad breath are: diabetes, postnasal drip, dry mouth, liver or kidney problems, acid reflux, pneumonia and bronchitis.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Many of our patients ask what the causes of bad breath are, and here are a few: left-over food particles, bacteria, poor oral hygiene and other debris collecting and staying in the mouth over a period of time. Once these remaining particles reach certain critical levels, they produce compounds similar to sulfur which smell and can result in dangerous decay. Additionally, fouls odors from foods you consume can be detected on your breath as much as three days later.
Healthy Saliva Helps Fight Halitosis
According to dentists, healthy saliva helps keep oral odors in control by rinsing away food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. One reason many patients have “morning breath” is because their saliva production drops and bacteria can grow inside the mouth as they sleep. Consequently, it is important to brush your teeth and floss before bed, keep your mouth moist by drinking sufficient amounts of water and use lubricant mouthwashes if you have a dry mouth.
How Can I Get Rid Of Bad Breath?
Here are some of the most common ways to fight halitosis:
1) Brush and floss after each meal
2) See Your dentist regularly
3) Chew sugar free gum between meals
4) Scrape your tongue
5) Use a good fluoride mouthwash and tooth paste
6) Drink lots of water
7) Avoid foods like garlic, onions and heavy spices
If after you try all these tips and still experience halitosis, you should see your dentist.
Regular Dental Care Is Very Important
Regular dental check-ups with Dr. Fleming, Dr. Elam or Dr. Vaughn can help patients in Nashville, TN detect problems, as well as to reduce plaque and bacteria build-up. We can also help determine the true source of your bad breath and recommend appropriate dental products or procedures to assist in eliminating your symptoms.
Come See Dentistry Of Nashville For All Your Dental Needs
Bad breath is a problem that can causes embarrassment for many of our patients. Luckily, the problem is preventable or curable in most instances. Here at Dentistry of Nashville, we believe that patients need to know about the importance of regular dental care. This includes visits to your dentist regularly. If you would like to know more about the services offer or financing options, please check out the rest of our specially designed website for more information or call one of our helpful staff members. If you live in the Nashville, TN area and beyond, come see us today for a consultation. You have nothing to lose but those unsightly dental problems. Call us now to get started on the journey to your best dental health.