What’s behind your bad breath?

Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can be a result of several factors and may be a sign of other health problems. If you suffer from bad breath, it’s important to have treatment right away.

First, it’s important to know where your bad breath comes from. All of the foods you eat begin to break down in your mouth. As the food is digested, it’s moves into your bloodstream and, eventually, into your lungs, which causes you to give off the odors in your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors, such as garlic and onions, brushing and flossing only covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body.

Poorly oral hygiene also causes halitosis. This cause is much more serious. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, food particles and bacteria can remain in your mouth, promoting harmful bacteria growth between teeth, around gums, and on your tongue. This causes bad breath and can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. Additionally, smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can cause bad breath, as well as stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste, and irritate your gums.

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be a warning sign of gum disease. If left untreated, periodontal (gum) disease can damage teeth, gums, and your jawbone. Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, infections of the mouth, and dental caries (cavities). Certain diseases, sicknesses, medications, and oral conditions, such as dry mouth, are also to blame for halitosis.

Dr. Dalvir Pannu and his team at Pannu Dental Care utilize state-of-the-art treatments to diagnose the cause of bad breath and, if the cause is of dental or oral origin, treat the condition. Call your Pannu Dental Care office, located in Fremont, San Jose, Cupertino, and Dublin, California.

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