Perhaps one of the most embarrassing dental conditions is bad breath. Nobody wants to talk to someone whose breath screams “go away” in every exhalation.
The sad thing about bad breath is that some bad breath sufferers are not even aware that they have it! Your nose cannot detect your own odour because it is desensitised to the smell of your breath. It takes an honest and concerned friend to help you out, which doesn’t lessen the embarrassment.
Don’t wait for your breath to scare people away. Lightwood Dental can save you from shameful moments and can help you shoo the bad breath away.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath or Halitosis is an unpleasant smell from your mouth. It is characterized by an unpleasant taste on your tongue, dry mouth, or a white coating on your tongue.
There is no definite treatment for bad breath. The solution is knowing the particular cause of a case and from there, treating it. Here are the common causes of bad breath:
#1. Poor oral hygiene
Food particles left in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene will rot and cause bad odour. Brushing your teeth is not enough as there could still be food lodged in between teeth, food that rots if left in place. Plaque buildup has an odour of its own as well as contributing to general bad breath.
#2. Gum disease
Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup in the mouth. Bad breath is only a symptom of a progressing gum disease that slowly destroys your teeth and bone, leading to eventual tooth loss and worse.
#3. Food and drinks
Our diet is the primary source of the odour left in our mouth. Spicy foods and exotic spices can leave a lingering smell.
#4. Medical conditions (liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease)
Disease such as diabetes and other metabolic conditions can cause bad breath due to the chemical changes they cause in the body.
#5. Dry mouth
Dry mouth or Xerostomia is a condition wherein the production of saliva is decreased. Saliva helps cleanse the mouth and removes particles that cause bad breath.
#6. Oral infections
Wounds in the mouth, dental abscess, and other oral infections can also cause bad breath.
Smoking not only leaves a scent that lingers in the mouth, it also leaves chemicals that become hosts for bacteria to grow and cause bad breath.
Bad Breath Treatment At Lightwood Dental
After determining the cause, your family dentist at Lightwood Dental will start your bad breath treatment. Regular professional cleaning will be advised. For more advanced cases, root scaling and planing might be advised. This procedure is for those with a progressed gum disease called Periodontal Disease.
Other than these dental treatments, you and your family dentist at Lightwood Dental will also work towards habit correction to improve oral hygiene.
Foods and drinks that cause bad breath should be avoided. Detergent foods like apple should become your usual snack. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash should always be on your list of to-dos.
Your recovery will be monitored by your Lightwood Dental dentist. It is important to understand that treating bad breath is not a one-time procedure. Good dental habits should be maintained and practised to ensure that you will have fresher breath at all times.
Fresher Breath At Lightwood Dental
At Lightwood Dental, we’d love you to have dazzling pearly whites with fresher breath to boost your confidence in every way. Your friendly dentists and staff at Lightwood Dental put your oral health and wellbeing as top priorities.
Start your path towards a better smile and fresher breath at Lightwood Dental.