Cause of Bad Breath
You can brush your teeth, swish with minty oral rinse, chew sugar-free gum, and pop mints into your mouth all day. If you are not getting to the root cause of your bad breath, though, it will not go away. Dr. John Ravera takes a holistic approach, helping each patient in the Newport Beach, CA area find a bad breath cure that makes sense for his or her individual physiology.
What is halitosis?
Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. Most people have mouth odor occasionally, such as when they eat onions, garlic, or spicy foods. For a large portion of our population, however, it is a chronic condition.
What causes bad breath? The odor usually emanates from gums and the tongue. The warm, moist environment of the mouth is ideal terrain for hundreds of strains of bacteria. Like every other living creature, these organisms eat and excrete. To protect themselves so that their colonies may flourish, oral bacteria build an adhesive biofilm of plaque. Bacterial excretions, along with decaying particles of food debris, become trapped in tongue contours and plaque, produce a sulfurous, unpleasant odor.
Negligent oral hygiene-infrequent brushing and flossing, and not scheduling regular professional cleanings-is the most common cause of mouth odor. It is compounded by gum disease resulting from further proliferation of bacterial infection, and untreated tooth decay.
Cause of bad breath in Newport Beach, CA could be medical
Individuals with excellent oral hygiene can have halitosis, too. It may be related to salivary issues. Saliva is nature’s way of flushing food particles and bacteria from the oral cavity. Dry mouth bad breath occurs when salivation is reduced due to medical conditions, medications, or simply not drinking enough water.
Other health issues which may affect breath include:
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Lung abscess
- Respiratory problems
- Medications such as antihistamines, anti-depressants, and high blood pressure treatments
A visit to the dentist could result in much more than advice on how to treat bad breath. It may provide life-saving insight. You CAN have fresh breath. Schedule a visit with Dr. Ravera for a thorough dental evaluation and effective halitosis treatment that accomplishes much more than covering up mouth odor. The number in Newport Beach, CA is 949-877-3606.