Oral Issues: Bad Breath Awareness

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Bad breath is an unfortunate oral issue that can be awkward for the patient and repellant to the unlucky people around him/her. Not surprisingly, the store counters are filled to overflowing with mints, chewing gum and breath fresheners. While these interim remedies may be helpful to mask some odors, they are only temporary measures.

Halitosis, another name for bad breath, has several potential origins each of which can be neutralized with certain healthy habits. There are some types of foods, certain health issues, and a few bad habits that could be the beginnings of a person’s bad breath. If being ignored, proper dental hygiene is the first line of defense against mouth odor. Brushing 2x each day with a soft-bristled brush, scraping the tongue and scrubbing the palate, gargling with a ADA certified mouthwash should help. If these suggestions do not see a significant reduction in bad breath, visit your dentist to find out if there is an underlying cause. Infection somewhere in the mouth may be the culprit.

The Causes of Bad Breath:

-Some foods and spices. Garlic and onions.
-Smoking tobacco
-Not brushing and flossing.
-Dry mouth
-Lack of saliva flow
-Medications that contribute to dry mouth.
-Mouth infections that stem from tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores, or wounds due to oral surgery.
-GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can cause bad breath.
-Other mouth, nose and throat ailments from disease or disorders. Cancers, metabolic conditions, etc., can bring foul mouth odor because of chemicals that are produced. Children may have bad breath due to food items being lodged in the nostril.

If you need an evaluation to discover the reason for chronic bad breath, Dr. Douglas Wheelock would be happy to help you. Please contact Wheelock & Associates Dentistry to make an appointment at: 712-274-2038, or come by our office in Sioux City, Iowa.