Bad breath is a very real and persistent problem for many dental patients. If you’ve dealt with it, then you already know that it can negatively impact your social life and your self-confidence. However, not all bad breath is the same. Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you learn more about the causes of bad breath, so that you can address it in your own life, if necessary.
It is normal for people to temporarily experience bad breath after consuming an odorous food or drink. Garlic and onions, for example, are key causes of bad breath. In general, you’ll need to wait for these foods to pass through your system and for the odors to abate naturally. You can speed up this process by consuming a lot of water, and cleaning your smile thoroughly.
If you are plagued with chronic bad breath, however, a greater health risk may be to blame. The oral bacteria that cause cavities as well as gum disease also emit unpleasant odors as they grow and multiply. If you find it difficult to freshen your breath no matter what you do, it may be because you have entrenched oral bacteria, existing cavities, and gum disease.
In these cases, it is crucial that patients complete professional dental cleanings to help get their smiles back on track. During your cleaning our team will clear away accumulated plaque and tartar. Then, if we find any existing infections, we’ll recommend treatments to eliminate cavities, and help your gum tissue heal and regenerate.
Treating the underlying cause of chronic bad breath can make a huge difference to your life and your oral health. Keep in mind that sugary gums and mints can actually compound the issue over time, so talk to your dentist as soon as you notice chronic bad breath.
Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to give you any additional information you may need, and to walk you through your treatment options!