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What Does Your Bad Breath Mean?

March 22, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 2:18 am

What does your back breath mean - Lakepoint Wichita General DentistryIt is one thing to wake up in the morning with a less than pleasing odor in your breath, but having unusual, stubborn bad breath throughout the day is quite another.

Everyone wakes up with nasty morning breath. Not everyone, however, walks around all day with extra pungent bad breath. Excessively bad breath is not only a way to keep people at arms-length from you, but it could be a sign of a more serious oral health condition.

If you’ve been suffering from bad breath for an extended period, it is highly encouraged that you come and visit our dentist in Wichita, KS. At Lake Point Dental our dentists and dental specialists may be able to help identify the source of your bad breath.

There are many causes to bad breath. They include:

Certain Foods. Spices, garlic and onions are known to cause smelly breath that will linger for a few hours. Even after a thorough mouth rinsing or teeth brushing, particles from these foods can still remain lodged between teeth and even when there are no particles remaining in the mouth, the particles naturally enter the bloodstream where they enter the lungs which can also contribute to the smelly breath.

Tobacco Use. Those who use tobacco products will have smelly breath as the tobacco breaks down oral tissue, preventing the teeth and gums from resisting decay and disease. Gum disease, especially moderate to severe periodontal disease can also lead to foul breath.

Poor Oral Hygiene. If you notice your breath isn’t great, the first culprit you’ve likely checked and improved is your oral hygiene routine. Poor dental hygiene allows food particles to remain, and decay in the mouth. As you know decay results in foul smells. A lack of flossing and proper teeth brushing can provide the right conditions for plaque, a film of sticky bacteria that adheres to the teeth to grow. Out of control plaque not only produces bad breath, but it can irritate and infect the gums.

Many patients, however, neglect to brush their tongues as a part of their oral hygiene routine. The rest of the mouth can be clean, but the bacteria, plaque and food particles attached to the surface on the tongue can be enough to cause bad breath.

Xerostomia (Dry Mouth). The reason we wake up with foul breath is that overnight, our mouths dry out while we sleep. Dry mouth lowers your saliva levels which allows bacteria and plaque to build up in the mouth, causing bad breath. Saliva is your body’s natural mouth wash. A mouth that isn’t moist can lower your mouth’s ability to combat odor causing disease and decay.

Chronic dry mouth has many causes including certain diseases, so we highly encourage you to talk to your doctor.

Medications. Your medication you take for medical conditions can cause dry mouth. Some medications, get broken down by the body and causes the body to release certain chemicals that can worsen the smell of your breath.

Mouth, Nose and Throat Infections.  Postnasal drip caused from inflammation and infection of the mouth, nose or throat can cause bad breath. Wounds from oral surgery, mouth sores, tooth extractions or small stones on the tonsils can also produce nasty breath.

Other Medical Conditions. Medical conditions such as cancers, metabolic disorders, and gastroesophageal reflux disease cause (GERD) can produce chemicals whose odor is then carried in your breath.

The cause of your bad breath can be something as simple as the foods you eat or poor oral hygiene habits or it can be caused by a potentially serious, underlying oral or medical condition.

Constant, excessively smelly breath isn’t normal.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can get to the bottom of your bad breath.

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