Bad breath, or halitosis, is an unfavorable condition to have and can result in social embarrassment. If you are concerned about your bad breath and want to do something about it our Berlin, Connecticut office has many options that can help you. The first step is to identify the cause of the problem and develop a treatment plan to remedy it.
What Are the Causes of Bad Breath?
Bad breath can be caused by a number of different factors. Foods like garlic and onions can contribute to foul breath odor. Once these types of foods are absorbed into the bloodstream, they are transferred into the lungs where they are expelled. For people who have bad breath as a result of food, brushing, flossing and mouthwash will only mask the odor temporarily. This is why it is often necessary to seek professional help to rid yourself of the unpleasant breath.
Poor oral hygiene is also a cause of bad breath. If you do not brush and floss regularly, the particles of food that are left in the mouth can collect bacteria, resulting in foul breath. Foods that collect between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can also rot and leave a bad smell. If you have oral appliances such as Invisalign, dentures or braces, that are not properly cleaned, they too can accumulate food and cause bad smells due to the accumulation of bacteria.
Bad breath can also be caused by gum disease, dry mouth (xerostomia), tobacco products, alcohol and medical disorders.
Treating Bad Breath in CT
Dr. Mike Maroon of Advanced Dental can help you treat your bad breath effectively and permanently. Maintaining proper oral hygiene will always be advised as will frequent visits to our office detect problems that may cause bad breath. Learn more about the bad breath treatments we utilize to find out how we combat bad breath in Connecticut.