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Embarrassed By Bad Breath?

Factors That Cause Bad Breath

Many people have bad breath because of poor dental hygiene practices but these odors could also be a sign of other health problems. Some factors that affect bad breath include:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Eating Certain Types of Food
  • Gum Disease
  • Dry Mouth
  • Certain Lifestyle Habits
  • Chronic Illness

Bad Breath

If you are not sticking with your brushing and flossing routine, you will increase the risk of developing oral health issues like bad breath or even gum disease. The medical name for bad breath is halitosis. Working with a qualified dental professional can improve your oral health and get rid of bad breath for good. Here are some of the common causes of halitosis in Westmont, IL:

Food Choices

Certain foods with strong odors can trigger bad breath. For example, eating cheese, fish, and spicy foods can give you bad breath. Brushing and flossing your teeth, and using a mouth rinse, can help to mask the odor temporarily.

Poor Oral Hygiene Habits

Bacterial growth between the teeth and around the gums can cause halitosis. If you are not using a tongue scraper regularly, you may have some bacterial growth on the tongue. Using an antibacterial rinse and making sure that you are sticking with a consistent brushing and flossing routine will help to kill bacteria that causes bad breath.

Lifestyle Habits

If you smoke or chew tobacco regularly, you may have chronic bad breath. Smokers and tobacco users tend to develop plaque more quickly and will need professional cleanings to maintain optimal oral health.

Gum Disease

Persistent bad breath is also a sign of periodontal disease. An active infection in the mouth can create toxins that eventually irritate the gums and break down gum tissue and bone.

Other causes of bad breath include: yeast infections of the mouth, dry mouth, poorly fitting dental appliances, and illnesses such as sinus infections, diabetes, acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.

Seeing Dr. Walsh regularly for cleanings and seeking treatment for gum disease early on can help to prevent bad breath. If you need treatment for halitosis or think that you may need an evaluation for gum disease in Westmont, IL, set up your consultation with Dr. Walsh or Dr. Vittori today!

Our highly skilled team has served Berwyn and Westmont for many years. Our patients visit our office from Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, Cicero, Stickney, Chicago, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Oakbrook, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Willowbrook, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs and Maywood as well as additional areas. We hope that we will be able to provide the same service and quality to you. Contact us at 708-749-4080 (Berwyn office) or 630-435-1955 (Westmont office) to schedule your periodontal exam.