Bad breath happens to us all. After a restful night’s sleep, most of us experience some form of morning breath. It’s also common after eating foods like garlic or coffee. While bad breath can make us feel self-conscious, it can also be a warning sign of something more serious. Those who experience regular instances of bad breath may have halitosis.
Halitosis is the medical term used to describe persistent bad breath. While some forms are worsened by diet, most people with halitosis didn’t develop symptoms just from eating a lot of garlicky food. It’s often caused by poor dental hygiene – that’s why regular flossing and brushing is so important. Smokers often develop halitosis after chemicals build up on their teeth and gums. Ultimately, bacteria is the culprit behind bad breath. Eating, drinking, and smoking without a proper oral hygiene routine can all add up to halitosis.
Sometimes, though, halitosis is a red flag that other health issues are lurking just below the surface. Those with digestive issues often develop halitosis after too much stomach acid makes its way into the throat. Excess acid can erode tooth enamel over time. Dry mouth and gum disease can also exacerbate bad breath. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
When to Take Action
If you’ve noticed you have persistent bad breath, others have likely noticed, too. Regular dental visits can help keep halitosis at bay. If you believe your symptoms may be related to digestion issues, it’s important to schedule an appointment right away. You can also quit smoking, stay hydrated, and make oral hygiene more of a priority. If regular brushing and flossing isn’t keeping your halitosis under control, take action and schedule an appointment with the Klooster Family Dentistry team today.