Halitosis – or chronic bad breath – is a common symptom of gum disease. Many patients find it to be embarrassing and disrupting in social interaction and wish to have it treated as soon as possible. However, there are several other causes of halitosis in Newport Beach, CA that need to be considered before Dr. Coury Staadecker can begin treatment. These include:
- Eating habits
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum disease
Bad breath can often occur as a result of the foods we eat. Certain items such as garlic, cheese, onions, fish, and spices can contribute to halitosis if they are consumed on a regular basis. No amount of brushing or flossing will get rid of the scent until the meal has been completely digested. Try to stay away from these foods to see if the symptoms of halitosis go away.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Patients who do not brush or floss properly often suffer from bad breath. This is because a buildup of bacteria is able to accumulate and release toxins. Brushing at least twice a day with an electric toothbrush and flossing daily is recommended. If symptoms still persist, a tongue scraper or anti-bacterial mouth rinse may be helpful. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also required to help avoid halitosis.
Certain lifestyle habits can contribute to chronic bad breath. This includes habitual alcohol and tobacco use. Just like with food, these odors will stay on your breath for hours no matter how much brushing or flossing you do. Try to abstain from these products.
Bad breath is common in most patients with gum disease. This is because of the millions of bacteria that reside on the teeth, gums, and deep in the periodontal pockets. In these cases, Dr. Staadecker will need to prescribe an appropriate treatment depending on the severity of the case.
There is a cure for chronic bad breath. To learn more about the different causes and treatments for halitosis in Newport Beach, CA, contact Dr. Staadecker today!