Posts for tag: Bad Breath

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
March 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bad Breath  

Bad BreathFind 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.

Smoking

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.

Dental Infections

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!

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
September 25, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bad Breath   Halitosis  
Woman With Bad Breath ImageIf you have halitosis, don’t just cover up your smile. Fix the problem!
 
Bad breath can certainly cramp our social life—making work, dates and social gatherings rather embarrassing. If you’re experiencing chronic or offensively bad breath, there are several reasons why this might be happening to you. Your San Antonio dentist is here to give you the lowdown on this social setback.
 

Why does bad breath happen?

Bad breath results from the excretion of anaerobic bacteria within your mouth. These bacteria release sulfur compounds, which are the smelly culprits for bad breath. Unfortunately, some people produce more sulfur compounds than others. Some of these people may even be the ones with the best oral care around.
However, some people are just lucky enough to produce less anaerobic bacteria than others. However, here are some things that can indicate if you’re ready to send people running when you open your mouth.
 

Bad habits=bad breath

There are certain habits and naturally occurring reactions that might indicate whether you have bad breath or not. Some of these include drinking alcohol, smoking, snoring, taking prescription medications or sleeping with your mouth open. Why are these problems? Because they decrease saliva, which keeps your mouth fresh and clean.
 

How’s your tongue?

While your tongue might often be overlooked when it comes to your dental health, it’s just as important as the rest of your mouth. In fact, if you are constantly dealing with a white tongue, this may be a sign of offensive breath. That’s because this white coating is made up of those same sulfur compounds produced by anaerobic bacteria.
 

You are what you eat

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you tend to add onions and garlic to just about everything? Maybe acidic or sugary foods are your weakness. If you said yes to any of these, then you may have found the main source of your bad breath. Eliminate these foods to find out if it also eliminates the problem.
 

Is bad breath a sign of something more serious?

While bad breath every now and again is pretty normal—but certainly not pretty—there are times when bad breath is more than just that. Here are some instances when you might want to see your doctor:
  • If you also notice tooth pain or inflamed gums you could be dealing with tooth decay or gum disease. If so, it’s time to book an appointment with your San Antonio dentist.
  • If your bad breath is accompanied by postnasal drip you may have a sinus infection, which can easily be treated.
  • If you’re also experiencing heartburn or gastrointestinal problems along with offensive breath, you could have gastric reflux. If so, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about how to best control your condition.
If bad breath has you cancelling social functions, then it’s time to stop the problem once and for all. If you need help getting to the root of the problem, make an appointment with our San Antonio dental practice today.
 
Do you suffer from bad breath? Do you have any tips that may help other people that are suffering from this condition? We would be very interested in hearing what tips you have so that we can share them with others!


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