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Bad Breath

Bad breath can be embarrassing. If it is persistent, it can also indicate a serious oral health problem.

If you find that you often have bad breath, stop reaching for the gum and mints - reach out to a dentist.

Is my bad breath a problem?

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Consider Three Main Indicators:

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Frequency

Mouth odor following meals or a night of sleep is normal. If you experience bad breath around the clock, it's time to speak to a professional.
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Persistence

Brushing and flossing can quickly eliminate bad breath if you have a healthy smile. However, if it persists even after cleaning your teeth, this indicates a problem.

Reactions

If anyone feels compelled to actually tell you that your breath is offensive, and you're pretty sure it's not due to the garlic bread you had for lunch, something else may be at work.

Ask Yourself:

  1. Do I neglect to brush and floss as recommended?
  2. Do I frequently have a dry mouth?
  3. Am I overdue for a dental checkup or medical exam?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may need a doctor's attention.

Causes of Bad Breath

Gum Disease

Gum disease and plaque buildup are very common causes of persistent bad breath. Poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, and genetics can all contribute to these conditions.

Dehydration

Inadequate water intake, breathing through your mouth, certain medications, and living in a dry climate can all cause dry mouth, which can often result in bad breath.

Other Health Issues

Acid reflux, infections in the oral cavity, and inflammation of the ear canals, sinuses, and throat can lead to chronic bad breath. Some cancers can also result in a foul mouth odor.
Visit a dental professional to check your oral hygiene. If this is found to be fine, referral to a specialist ear, nose and throat doctor may prove beneficial. Dr. Martin Scurr, The Daily Mail

Bad Breath is Usually Preventable

Floss

Neglecting to floss can place you at much greater risk of gum disease and bad breath. Tongue scrapers can also  eliminate bacteria that cause mouth odors.
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Attend Regular Checkups

By attending checkups at least every six months and establishing ongoing care with a general physician, your doctors can detect and treat conditions that cause bad breath in the earliest stages.

Stay Hydrated

This one sounds obvious, but it is easy to forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Check Your Meds

If you have begun to experience a dry mouth after starting to take a medication, let your physician know.

Simple Checkups Tell Detailed Stories

A standard exam by a dentist can quickly reveal gum disease, plaque, or other issues causing bad breath. A routine physical exam by your general practitioner can also reveal any conditions that might be contributing to bad breath. If necessary, your doctor can refer you to a specialist who can provide further analysis.

The Solution is Usually Simple

Dental Cleaning

A routine cleaning can freshen your breath considerably, and allow you to start a more disciplined daily oral hygiene routine. Active treatment of gum disease or an infection in the oral cavity can eventually eliminate halitosis.

Healthy Choices

Healthy lifestyle choices can improve your breath significantly. Brush after meals, floss at least once per day, drink plenty of water, and if you use tobacco, kick the habit.

Strategic Care

If your breath is indicative of a more complex health issue, your doctor can create a treatment plan to resolve the condition.

Call Your Dentist Today

If you can't eliminate unwanted mouth odors, don't settle for cover-ups or suffering with embarrassment. Consult your dentist and start taking effective measures against bad breath.
Dr, Whiteman

Dr. Daniel M. Whiteman

Dr. Whiteman is dedicated to providing exceptional care at his Brookline, MA, practice: 

  • Licensed to practice in the U.S., Canada, and Israel
  • Over 20 years in practice 
  • Uses state-of-the-art technology 
  • ADA-compliant office 
  • Comprehensive cosmetic and restorative treatments
  • Patient-oriented approach

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (617) 731-4746.

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