Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Otherwise known as “bad breath,” halitosis can strike anyone. Sometimes it’s an infrequent occurrence and other times it’s a persistent condition, but whatever the frequency, no one enjoys having it. Bacteria are the most common cause of bad breath because the warm and moist conditions of the mouth are the perfect environment for its development and growth. Treating bad breath caused by bacteria is easy and involves brushing your teeth, gums, and tongue, flossing and using mouthwash after meals. Regular dental appointments for teeth and gum cleaning can also resolve and prevent bad breath. Most people suffer from “morning breath” as it’s considered fairly normal, but persistent bad breath can indicate more serious oral health issues.

Causes of Bad Breath

Some types of bad breath, such as “morning mouth,” are considered fairly normal and are not usually health concerns. However, persistent bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems with the gums and teeth. Causes of bad breath include but aren’t limited to:

  • Inadequate oral hygiene
  • Mouth infections like gum disease
  • Throat, lung or sinus infections
  • Food consumption
  • Tobacco use
  • Dry mouth
  • Illnesses including kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease, sinus disease, lung disease and reflux disease

Bad breath accompanied by painful, swollen, bleeding gums or loose teeth requires prompt attention from your dentist. If you’re suffering persistent bad breath, a dental professional can help you determine the cause and refer you to your family physician for non-dental causes.

Ignoring bad breath won’t make it go away so contact Greater Baltimore Prosthodontics to address the underlying cause at your earliest convenience.