No one likes to admit that they have chronically bad breath. And, save for a few good friends, chances are that no one is willing to tell you about the condition of your breath. Understanding the causes of bad breath may help you to pinpoint where the bad breath is coming from and help you alleviate the symptoms:
Food particles get trapped in the space between your teeth and gums. If left untouched, then they can begin to grow bacteria, which let off a foul odor. Daily brushing and flossing is usually enough to keep your mouth healthy, but regular visits to your general dentist for thorough cleanings are also very important in keeping bad breath at bay.
The same food particles that created the foul odor will turn into plaque and eventually tartar if you don’t adhere to a daily oral-care regimen. Plaque can also irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, or swollen gums, which will only intensify the severity of your bad breath. If gingivitis is left untreated, then it can progress into periodontal disease, at which point bad breath is the least of your concerns. If you fear you may have gingivitis or periodontitis, then you should contact your general dentist right away.
In a few cases, bad breath is caused by something far more serious than a simple oral hygiene issue. Cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease can lead to various types of bad breath. If your breath smells fishy, the problem could be chemicals called ketones, which are a result of uncontrolled diabetes. Bad breath can also be the result of a sinus infection.
Preventing your bad breath through proper care and hygiene is the easiest and most effective form of treatment. In addition to daily home-maintenance, visit your general dentist regularly. If you live in the Baltimore area, call The Smile Design Center at (443) 275-9821 to set up an appointment.
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