Cosmetic Dentist Fremont Dr. Brendan Selway and Dr. Frank Cortese

Causes of Bad Breath

You know just how embarrassing and inconvenient bad breath (halitosis) can be. In social situations, you may feel a little hesitant to speak or to even laugh around people, even those you know. Bad breath is certainly no way to make a good first impression (though it can certainly leave a lasting impression). What many people don’t realize is that bad breath may be a sign of a serious systemic disorder, adverse health condition, or dental problem that needs to be addressed. Fremont cosmetic dentistDr. Cortese and Dr. Selway, and the entire team at the office would like to cover some of the basic about bad breath.

One basic and easily avoidable cause of bad breath is smoking. Cigars and cigarettes can leave a telltale stink on your breath, not to mention your clothes and skin. On top of that, smoking can stain your teeth quite seriously. Abstain from smoking if you want your breath to smell fresh and if you’d like to avoid developing other serious health problems.

Dry mouth is a leading cause of bad breath. A dry mouth leads to ideal conditions for bacteria, which means bad breath as well as increased susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease. For this reason, be sure to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages in excess as those can cause your mouth to become dry. Also make sure to remain hydrated through the day, and perhaps chew on sugar-free gum or suck on some sugar-free candy to help promote saliva flow in your mouth. If you have medical issues with dry mouth, there are various artificial saliva options we can recommend to you.

Bad dental hygiene is another major cause of bad breath. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss every night in order to remove any plaque or food particles in your mouth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Also remember that visiting your dentist twice a year is an important step to having a health mouth.

We mentioned that systemic disorders can be a cause of bad breath, and while we can’t enumerate them all here, we do want to mention this briefly right now. Some health problems involving the throat, the lungs, and the digestive tract can cause you to have bad breath. It’s important that you visit your physician regularly so any systemic problems can be identified and treated as they occur.

To learn more about bad breath treatment as well as Fremont porcelain veneers and other dental care issues, be sure to contact our Fremont cosmetic dentistry practice for a consultation.