A woman using a tongue scraperDr. Steven Hochfelder is a leading dentist serving the Lake Mary area, offering patients the latest in general and restorative dentistry treatments to improve total dental wellness. This includes addressing issues that may seem minor, such as bad breath (halitosis).

As you’re about to read, bad breath may actually be a sign of a serious issue, which is why professional bad breath treatment may be just what you need.

Common Causes of Bad Breath

The most common cause of bad breath is the oral bacteria that naturally occurs inside of the mouth. This bacteria produces malodorous substances as it feeds on food particles within the mouth. In addition to oral bacteria, bad breath is also linked to poor dental hygiene and common dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Certain substances are more likely to cause bad breath as well. Foods such as garlic and onions are often notorious for causing distinctly pungent odors in the mouth. The same is true with coffee and alcoholic beverages. Tobacco products can also cause bad breath (just another reason to quit).

In some cases, health conditions lead to bad breath. Minor issues such as dry mouth have been shown to exacerbate bad breath. Health issues affecting the digestive tract, sinuses, lungs, and throat can all contribute to bad breath as well, so keep that in mind.

When Professional Help for Bad Breath Is Necessary

Professional help to treat bad breath is generally a good idea when brushing and flossing alone are insufficient for handling the issue. Persistent and chronic bad breath need to be taken seriously as it may be the sign of a health problem, which is why turning to a dentist for help is a great idea.

Treating Oral Bacteria

When treating bad breath, the use of antiseptic rinses is often a common first step. This will help control the level of oral bacteria in the mouth. Sometimes the use of antibiotics may be recommended for serious issues with bacteria.

Addressing Dental Health Issues

Another common first step in treating bad breath is treating the underlying dental issue that caused the bad breath in the first place. Taking care of tooth decay and gum disease can drastically improve issues with bad breath, not to mention improving overall dental wellness.

Noting Potential Health Matters Causing Bad Breath

If an underlying health problem is the cause of your bad breath, your dentist will recommend that you seek assistance from your general practitioner, who will be better equipped to address the underlying cause of your problem.

Tips for Preventing and Managing Bad Breath

Some good options for avoiding and managing bad breath include the following:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
  • Floss your teeth at least once a night (ideally after every meal)
  • Quit smoking and the use of tobacco products
  • Abstain from eating certain foods known for causing bad breath
  • Chew sugar-free gum to mask bad breath
  • Drink water throughout the day to remain hydrated
  • Visit your doctor for regular physicals
  • Visit your dentist for routine checkups

Contact Dr. Steven Hochfelder

For more information about treating bad breath and how we can help you achieve total dental wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Steven Hochfelder and his team are committed to helping patients have the healthiest and most beautiful smiles possible.