If you are neglecting your daily brushing and flossing routine, you may be at a higher risk of developing oral health problems that cause bad breath. The medical term for bad breath is halitosis and you may need to work with Drs. Huamán and Flores to eliminate the problem. Some of the causes of bad breath include:
- Food choices
- Eating foods with very strong odors can cause halitosis. You can mask the odor temporarily by brushing, flossing, or using mouthwash.
- Poor oral hygiene practices
- If you are not brushing and flossing regularly or are not using a tongue scraper to keep your tongue clean, you may develop persistent bad breath.
- Lifestyle habits
- Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause gum irritation, affect your taste buds, and also contribute to bad breath.
- Gum disease
- Halitosis can also be a side effect of gum disease because plaque and tartar buildup becomes a breeding ground for bacteria which product sulfur compounds.
Other causes include: Yeast infections in the mouth, dry mouth, poorly fitting dental appliances, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, liver problems, acid reflux, or sinus infections can also contribute to halitosis.
You can often help to prevent halitosis by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, scheduling regular cleanings, and eliminating the use of tobacco products. Maintaining a food log and stimulating saliva flow by chewing gum or using saliva substitutes can also help to remedy the problem.
Bad breath can be a sign of a serious underlying health condition. If you are seeking treatment for halitosis in San Diego, CA or want to learn more about ways to prevent bad breath, set up your consultation with Drs. Huamán and Flores as soon as possible.