Preventive Care: Curing Bad Breath
According to the CDA, “Bad breath, also called halitosis, is a common condition and sometimes a distressing source of embarrassment. Frequently, people are not even aware there is a problem. While there are many causes for bad breath, it most commonly results from a lack of good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups and cleanings are the best prevention for bad breath.”
[Having bad breath can be an embarrassing problem – especially if you are regularly face to face with other people. Known professionally as halitosis, bad breath plagues many people every day. Most cases of bad breath can be remedied by efficiently brushing the teeth. However, some types of bad breath are chronic or recurring, which may warrant a visit to Dr. Grupe to discuss all the possible causes of chronic bad breath.]
Did you know…
that bad breath can be caused by something as simple as eating too much garlic, or that it could be a serious symptom of disease? Some of the most common causes of bad breath include dry mouth, certain medications, use of tobacco, poor dental hygiene, and oral infections. In rare cases, bad breath may be a sign of diseases like cancer or gastroesophageal reflux.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do to eliminate bad breath?
The CDA and Dr. Grupe advise that, “The best control for mouth odor is good oral hygiene. Mouthwashes and breath sprays are mostly cosmetic and do not have a long-lasting effect. Additionally, breath mints generally contain sugar or citric acid and, when allowed to dissolve slowly in the mouth are decay producing. These products should be used sparingly. If you constantly use one of these products to mask mouth odor, see Dr. Grupe.”
Do I need treatment for my bad breath?
If your bad breath does not improve despite self-care techniques, such as dietary adjustments and thorough tooth brushing, you may need to see a dentist about pursuing professional treatment. Keep in mind that short-term remedies like gum, breath mints, and mouthwash may temporarily freshen breath, but they are not a solution to the underlying problem.
What should I expect Dr. Grupe to do about my bad breath?
Your visit will begin with an examination and questions about your daily habits, such as the types of foods you eat and the medications you take. Dr.Grupe will then examine your mouth for signs of decay, infections or gum disease that could be causing your bad breath. If your chronic bad breath cannot be traced to an oral problem or daily habit, you may be referred to a physician for further evaluation.
Is there anything I can do to maintain better breath?
Yes. If bad breath is a source of embarrassment for you, try to keep breath fresheners on-hand at all times. Eliminate odor-causing foods from your diet, such as garlic and onions, and make an effort to brush your teeth and tongue every morning and night. Finally, be sure to visit Dr. Grupe for professional cleanings at least twice per year to remove built-up plaque that can cause chronic halitosis.