We know it’s an embarrassing topic. However, your bad breath needs to be discussed with your dentist if you want to find your way to long-lasting relief. Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, is more than stinky mouth odors after eating garlic bread or salsa. Halitosis tends to reappear every day or even quickly after you’ve brushed your teeth. Unfortunately, this is an oral health condition that can be quite disruptive to your self-esteem and social confidence. Instead of packing your pockets with breath mints, we invite you to let your dentist treat your halitosis!
What Causes Bad Breath?
There are a number of reasons why you may be struggling to achieve fresh breath. In some cases, it can be an indication that your dental health is in danger. Gum disease, oral infections and severe decay can result in foul breath odors. These are conditions that need to be treated promptly by a dental professional.
In most cases, bad breath can be traced back to poor dental hygiene. When bacteria is allowed to accumulate in your mouth, it feeds on the sugars you eat and produces foul-smelling sulfur compounds in the process. Therefore, not brushing or flossing properly can result in excess oral bacteria, the leading culprit to offensive breath.
At Shadle Smiles, we encourage patients to put more effort into their dental hygiene routine if they start to notice frequent bad breath. This includes flossing each day and brushing all surfaces of your tongue. Your tongue is the most inviting place for bacteria to live and breed. If your halitosis persists despite your five-star oral care routine at home, it is time to make an appointment at our Spokane office.
Don’t live with embarrassing bad breath or try to fight it on your own. In fact, your breath mints may be making matters worse in the long run by adding additional sugars to your mouth. Let our caring and skilled dental team offer a treatment plan for long-term halitosis relief. A confident smile is a healthy smile!