Bad breath is medically known as halitosis. It could result from poor oral habits or other health problems. Bad breath could get worse by the types of foods consumed and other harmful lifestyle habits.
If you don't brush and floss teeth correctly, food particles can get stuck between your teeth and remain in your mouth. Inadequate brushing could cause bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. Thus, bad breath could result. Bad breath can also lead to inflammation of the gums from poor dental hygiene.
If a person uses dentures, food particles and odor-causing bacteria could cause bad breath if they are not suitably cleaned. Smoking or chewing tobacco can also be a reason for bad breath, stained teeth, decreased ability to taste foods, and irritation of the gums.
Halitosis or bad breath may be an indication of periodontal or gum disease. Periodontal disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque on teeth. The bacteria in plaque might produce toxins that irritate the gums. As a result, the gums and jawbone might suffer damage if the gum disease is not treated.
A condition called dry mouth can also cause bad breath. A dry mouth may be a side effect of different medications, salivary gland problems, or breathing through the mouth. Saliva is essential to moisten the mouth, balance the acids produced by plaque, and flush away dead cells that collect on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not eliminated, these cells deteriorate and could result in bad breath.
Other reasons for bad breath include ill-fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and cavities.
Call us at Shepherd Dental or schedule an online appointment to know more about bad breath/halitosis.
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