Bad breath happens to nearly everybody at some point in their lives. Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, is still quite common, but not nearly as prevalent as the occasional foul-smelling breath. Types of bad breath can be differentiated by the source of the foul odor. Finding the source and understanding the source of your bad breath can help you to eliminate any serious health concerns that can cause bad smelling breath. If you have breath that has been unpleasant or is consistently getting worse, it is important to talk to your dentist. Your dental team in Olathe, KS can help you to rule out smile issues that may be causing bad breath.
Some foods and drinks just cause some stinky breath. Coffee in the morning can leave your breath less than fresh. Garlic and onions are both foods that can linger for quite some time. For externally caused bad breath, a mint or sugarless gum can help to freshen up that scent.
A very common cause of halitosis is oral bacteria. If your gums are inflamed with any stage of gum disease, that means there is an excess of oral bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria can cause a foul odor and a bad taste. Routine exams and cleanings can help keep the bacteria in check in your smile. It is also important to keep your smile clean every day by brushing and flossing. If you have experienced morning breath, it is due to the bacteria that built up overnight in your smile.
Beyond the Mouth
There are some instances where chronic bad breath can be a sign of a health issue. Some of these issues may be more serious than others, but it is always important to determine what the issue actually is. Ranging from sinus problems to kidney issues, your body could be trying to tell you something. If your dentist has ruled out an oral cause, it may be time to consult with your physician about your bad breath.
Bad breath could be a sign of trouble
If you have bad breath, it can important to determine the cause. To schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.