How can family dentistry services help to improve your breath? Several ways, actually. In our office, we treat a variety of oral health issues and have found that bad breath can simply be a sign of a more serious health issue. For example, if you have an infection, it will produce an odor whether that infection is in the form of the flu or a problem with your tooth. With that in mind, we encourage you to monitor how your breath smells and if it is progressively getting worse, call our office to schedule a dental exam.
Here are some common reasons for bad breath.
- What you ate. This is what most people think about when it comes to bad breath and for a good reason. What you eat can directly impact how your breath smells. However, the smell should go away after you brush and floss your teeth. In the most extreme of cases, your breath should smell better by the next day. If not, your health is the likely culprit.
- Tooth infection. If your tooth becomes infected, it will produce an odor that will make your breath stink regardless of how often you brush. In our family dentistry office, we want to treat your tooth infection as quickly as possible so that you don’t experience any unnecessary discomfort. In order to do so, we recommend that you call us if your breath smells or you experience tooth sensitivity. We will promptly remove the infected area, seal the tooth, and take whatever steps are necessary to restore it.
- Gum disease. This is a common condition that can also lead to foul-smelling breath. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar below the surface of the gums. We can treat the condition by removing the plaque that is irritating the gums in the first place. If, however, the condition is left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum recession. This is particularly dangerous for your teeth because it leaves them susceptible to attack and bone loss. In many cases, this leads to future tooth loss, making early detection and treatment incredibly important.
- You need a cleaning. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, this can produce bad breath. Plaque and bacteria can build up in between your teeth and other hard to reach places. As it does, your breath can start to smell. Think of this as an early warning sign of potential oral health issues. If you call our office and have your teeth cleaned, we can often prevent cavities and gum disease in the first place. This is the best case scenario since it will prevent you from experiencing any discomfort.
In our family dentistry office, we can treat bad breath and the conditions that are causing it. We also recommend that you take certain steps at home to help your breath to smell fresher. This should include adding a tongue scraper to your daily routine and brushing and flossing after every meal. You should also floss daily and rinse with a non-alcoholic antiseptic mouthwash for the best possible smelling breath. If that doesn’t work, you should schedule an appointment.