Anaheim, Orange County, CA – Bad breath, or as it’s otherwise known halitosis, is mostly commonly a result of poor dental habits or poor oral hygiene. Bad breath is caused a sulfur producing bacteria that lives in the mouth. It is a very common condition that roughly 20% of the entire populations suffer from and is currently the third most likely reason that people visit the dentist.
How bad breath affects oral health
When recommended oral hygiene isn’t adhered to and you don’t brush and floss twice daily, food particles can get stuck between your teeth, on your gums and even on your tongue. Not taking care of your oral hygiene daily promotes bacterial growth which can cause bad breath. This is also true if you have dentures and they are not cleaning properly daily.
Recurring or persistent bad breath may be a warning sign of periodontal disease, or as it’s more commonly known gum disease. This is usually caused by the buildup of plaque on your teeth which causes bacteria and toxins to form which irritate your gums. If this is left untreated it can cause serious damage to your gums and jawbone.
There are other causes of bad breath including yeast infections in the mouth and cavities of the teeth. All of these conditions should be seen to by your dentist to maintain good oral health.
Treatments & preventative care
It’s important to keep in mind that there is not just one treatment for bad breath – your treatment will depend entirely what is causing the problem: as with all health issues, prevention is better than a cure.
There are 4 simple steps you can take to keep bad breath at bay:
1. Ensure that good oral hygiene practices are part of your regular routine such as brushing and flossing twice daily.
2. Seeing your dentist at least twice a year will ensure that you maintain your oral hygiene and any issues can be caught before they are out of control.
3. Quit smoking.
4. Drinking lots of water is good for your overall health but is also good for oral hygiene as well.
These steps may also be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of bad breath if you are currently suffering from it.
If you experience bad breath, seeing your dentist is an excellent first step to help you diagnose what the issue is and provide a treatment plan. We offer urgent 7 day dental care and have a highly experience and professional team dedicated to providing you with the highest standard of dental care. You can call the 7 Day Dental main number 866-989-1335 for advice on which office would be the closest to you. Emergency treatment available every day, including weekends and holidays. Most insurance accepted.
7 Day Dental
2265 W. Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92801
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