Find out what could be causing your bad breath and what it might mean for your smile.
While it might be rather embarrassing to admit, at some point in our lives we will all have to deal with bad breath. Most of the time this happens when we first wake up. We jump out of bed and can’t wait to brush that bad breath right out of our mouths; however, there are some people who deal with chronic and severe bad breath, also known as halitosis. Besides being downright embarrassing, having bad breath could also signal other issues for your smile. Find out what could be the cause of your little problem and when you should see your San Antonio dentist.
This is a pretty obvious reason why someone may be dealing with halitosis. After all, the chemicals within cigarettes can linger on the tongue and lungs for hours, leaving that stale, bad taste in your mouth. Furthermore, smoking promotes the growth of bacteria on your teeth, which can lead to decay and even gum disease.
Poor Oral Hygiene
No one wants to admit that they aren’t doing a good job taking care of their smiles; however, when you are dealing with serious or persistent bad breath, then it’s only natural to examine your oral care routine. Ask yourself these questions:
- How many times a day do I brush my teeth?
- How often do I floss?
- How long do I brush my teeth?
- How often do I replace my toothbrush?
Want to know how your oral hygiene measures up? You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day. You should be flossing at least once a day, preferably before you brush your teeth. You should brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes each time you brush and you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months (or when the bristles begin to fray). If you aren’t following these hard-and-fast rules, then your poor hygiene could be causing your bad breath.
If you’ve just had dental surgery then your surgical wounds may be the cause of your bad breath. If you are concerned about how well your mouth is healing after surgery then schedule a follow-up appointment with your San Antonio dentist. However, bad breath can also signify that there is an infection in your mouth, whether it’s gum disease, an abscess or an infected dental pulp. If you are also noticing dental pain or discomfort, then it’s time to see your dentist.
Bad breath can also be the result of dry mouth, respiratory infections and certain medications. If you’re concerned about your unpleasant breath, then it’s time to get to the bottom of it. Contact your San Antonio dentist, Dr. Emanuel F. Dehelean, DMD at Silver Oaks Dentistry today and nix bad breath for good!