Bad breath is one of the more confusing problems in cosmetic dentistry for patients. Brushing and flossing isn’t always enough, and for every product on the market to stop bad breath, there are two causes and each cause needs to be targeted in a different way. Often, bad breath is indicative of other more serious health and dental problems. So what are the most common causes of bad breath?
When you eat, food begins to breakdown in your mouth. Food particles that are left behind collect and decompose, causing an odor. Odors from particularly strong smelling foods, like onions, can absorb into your lungs and are given off in your breath.
- Gum Disease
Persistent bad breath is usually a sign of other dental problems, most commonly gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria from plaque build-up on teeth. These bacteria, if left untreated, can damage the gums and jaw bones.
- Other Conditions
Acid reflux, diabetes, postnasal drip, liver and kidney problems, and pneumonia have all been linked to bad breath. Bacteria absorbs into the bloodstream, some of which is left in the lungs as blood travels through the body. The bad breath caused by these bacteria is sometimes the first sign of problems elsewhere in the body.
- Preventing Bad Breath
The two best ways to prevent bad breath are good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly. Your dentist can monitor potential problems before they become actual problems, suggesting treatment along the way.
The causes of bad breath may be varied, but the best ways to prevent it are not. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist twice a year are the best ways to keep your breath fresh. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (212) 661-9777. Dr. Kenn Kakosian is a highly-experienced cosmetic dentist proudly serving the NYC area. We specialize in Invisalign, Lumineers, and dental implants. We’re located on the 21st floor of the Chrysler Building, so whether you need dental surgery or just a check-up, give us a call!