Smelly Breath? You May Have Halitosis
Most people wake up every day with a yucky taste in their mouth or have unpleasant breath after eating strong-tasting food. All this is pretty normal and not typically an oral health issue.
Chronic bad breath, on the other hand, is a consistently unpleasant odor or taste in your mouth, dry mouth, or a white coating on your tongue. This dental problem is officially known as halitosis and over 25% of people suffer from this concern.
Brushing and flossing your teeth, drinking water, or chewing a mint or stick of gum cannot solve this type of bad breath.
If this sounds like you, this resource page was meant for you. Book online to get a personalized bad breath treatment plan.
Understanding Bad Breath
If you have bad breath even after brushing your teeth, it may be a sign of dental health problems or underlying medical conditions.
Gum disease is the leading cause of bad breath. That’s because gum disease happens when plaque builds up on your teeth and isn’t consistently removed. This plaque is filled with smelly bacteria and can contribute to unpleasant breath.
Other people suffer from bad breath as a result of diabetes, GERD, and some cancers.
What Causes Bad Breath Even After Brushing?
Cavities or infection
Cigarettes or tobacco products
Got “Mask Mouth”?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing masks for extended periods of time has made us all much more aware of how our breath smells. And it’s possible that wearing a mask is actually making your breath worse! Why? Well, since your mouth is covered, many people are drinking less water than usual. This can lead to dry mouth, a common cause of bad breath.
To avoid “mask mouth”, remember to stay hydrated! You should also stay diligent about brushing and flossing your teeth, as always. Lastly, we recommend regularly replacing or cleaning your mask to prevent bacterial growth and keep your mouth smelling fresh.
Dr. Waring Can Help You Get Rid of Bad Breath
If you’re suffering from bad breath, or are struggling with any other dental concern, talk to us. We are South Reno’s bad breath specialists.
We offer bad breath remedies to meet your specific needs. It all starts with a consultation. Dr. Waring will take a look at what’s going on in your mouth and diagnose the underlying cause.
We offer comfortable and compassionate care and want to be your partner in achieving excellent health (and the freshest breath ever).
Your Questions, Answered
What’s the best way to prevent bad breath?
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes
- Floss at least once a day
- Scrape your tongue
- Visit us for twice a year cleanings and exams
- Avoid cigarettes and tobacco products
- Drink lots of water and keep your mouth moist
- Breathe through your nose, not your mouth
Can dentists cure bad breath?
In most cases, yes. Your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath and treat the underlying oral health condition. However, if your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy and the odor is not originating from an oral health concern, you may be referred to your doctor for further treatment.
What is the best mouthwash for bad breath?
If you suffer from chronic bad breath, a mouthwash won’t solve the root of the issue. In fact, mouthwash can actually dry out your mouth and make your breath worse! If you’re interested in using a mouthwash, talk to Dr. Waring. He can recommend the best mouthwash for your specific situation.
How can I permanently get rid of bad breath?
Step number one is scheduling an appointment with your dentist. It’s important for you to understand the cause of your bad breath and whether or not it’s a sign of a concerning dental health issue. In the meantime, ensure you’re brushing and flossing every day and drinking lots of water!