Bad Breath

Bad Breath Factors

Bad breath is often the result of poor dental hygiene but can also be a sign of other oral health or internal health problems. Dr. Evelyn T. Huamán and Dr. Jun Flores can help to identify factors that can cause bad breath in San Diego, CA, which may include:

  • Food Choices
  • Poor Dental Hygiene Practices
  • Lifestyle Habits
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Dry Mouth
  • Illness or Internal Health Problems

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Bad Breath Causes in San Diego, CA

Preventing Bad Breath

Some ways to prevent halitosis in San Diego, CA include:

  • Practicing good oral hygiene
  • Maintaining professional teeth cleanings
  • Eliminating use of tobacco products
  • Drinking more water, chewing gum, or sucking on sugar free candy to stimulate saliva flow
  • Maintaining a food log

Bad Breath Causes in San Diego, CA

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.