February 1, 2016
Worried that your breath leaves people offended? Worcester dentists at Common Park Dental talk about the signs of bad breath and how to fix them.
Drs. Daria Hornung, Kevin Guze and Khristy Fontillas, Worcester dentists at Common Park Dental, work hard at preventive dentistry because they believe keeping the mouthy healthy prevents complex oral and overall health problems in the future. They even address oral conditions as common as bad breath.
What causes bad breath?
Often the object of many jokes, bad breath is really no laughing matter. Sometimes coming from nothing more than aromatic foods and sometimes originating in serious health conditions, chronic bad breath, or halitosis, should be a matter of discussion with your Worcester Common dentist.
The most common causes of bad breath are food, smoking and poor oral hygiene. Unfortunately, many of the foods we love are aromatic, and the oral residues left in the mouth after meals often hang around in the form of sticky plaque on the teeth, gums and even the tongue. If these residues are not removed with thorough brushing and flossing, the smell emanating from a person’s mouth gets more and more offensive. Tobacco use produces a lingering odor, too, staining tooth enamel and, in the case of cigarettes, actually burning the soft oral tissues.
Drs. Hornung, Guze and Fontillas also say that oral health issues lead to halitosis. Dry mouth, from oxygen therapy or a simple plugged nose, leads to bad breath and even gum disease and tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene, hereditary factors, smoking and drugs therapies for cancer contribute to tooth decay and gum disease–a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
Gum disease is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding gums. Accumulated plaque and tartar contain bacteria which destroy gum tissue and, when advanced enough, lead to halitosis, bone and gum recession, tooth mobility and tooth loss. The associated bacteria not only produces mouth odor but is linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia and obstetrical problems. As such, bad breath frequently makes a Worcester dentist or other health care professional suspicious of underlying health issues.
Other conditions which cause bad breath include:
- liver or kidney disease
- acid reflux
- respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia
Sensible solutions for bad breath
The professional team at Common Park Dental desires to help patients optimize oral health, including conquering bad breath. To keep teeth and gums clean, and breath fresh, they suggest:
- brushing 2 times a day and flossing daily to remove sticky plaque
- brushing all soft tissues, especially the tongue as it readily collects food residue and bacteria
- keeping dentures very clean
- being well hydrated (8 glasses of water daily) to rinse away food particles and stimulate saliva production
- stopping all tobacco use
- eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
Additionally, get semi-annual dental exams and hygienic cleanings with your Worcester Common dentists. Besides technologically advanced diagnostics and treatments, the team educates patients on good oral hygiene, diet and mouth rinses or other products that eliminate bad breath.
Stay on top of bad breath
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