At times, everyone experiences bad breath. For most people, though, it is in the morning before brushing or after eating pungent foods like garlic or onions.
For others, bad breath is more of a concern and doesn’t simply go away by brushing and taking good oral health steps.
If you are suffering with bad breath, keep reading for more on what could be causing it and how it can be treated.
Causes of bad breath
While every case can be different, there are some frequent causes of bad breath.
First, oral hygiene that is not up to par is a common cause. When you fail to brush and floss properly, it can lead to bacteria in the mouth.
Additionally, certain illnesses can lead to bad breath, including diabetes and kidney issues. Likewise, some medication, including those that dry the mouth, can cause bacteria in the mouth to breed.
And finally, mouth infections or gum disease can cause bad breath to fester, no matter if it affects the tooth or the gums.
Treatments for bad breath
Fortunately, there are some options to keep bad breath at bay, but treatment depends on the cause.
The first step is to schedule a dental visit for examination and a deep cleaning. During your exam, Dr. Milan can help identify any issues that may be contributing to unpleasant breath. He can even prescribe specific mouth rinses that target bad breath.
Improving your dental health at home can also go a long way to stave off bad breath. Make sure you are brushing at least twice daily and flossing once a day at minimum. Also, brushing after every meal can clean away debris that can lead to bacteria. A fluoride mouthwash can also help to keep breath fresh.
And if bad breath continues to present itself, you may want to visit your doctor to learn if there is an underlying issue to blame.
Dr. Mitchell Milan and Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry has led the way in the dental field for two decades. That is why Dr. Milan and his team are known as the best of the best.
Not only do we provide exceptional treatments that deliver results, but we also take the time to listen to our patients and ensure they are comfortable from the moment the step foot inside our office until they leave. Your satisfaction is our priority!
If you would like to learn more about any of our dental procedures, please call us today.