Bad breath, also called halitosis, can impact almost every part of your life, including your self-confidence. Fortunately, dentists are trained to spot and resolve a variety of oral health problems during routine teeth cleanings, including the diseases that this condition. Here are three common causes of halitosis, and how dentists can help.
What Causes Bad Breath?
1. Dental Decay
The same oral bacteria that cause tooth decay also emit organic compounds that tarnish your breath. Those with the condition often can’t detect it since olfactory fatigue masks the scent. If you suspect an issue, ask family and friends to check your breath and speak with the dentist about your concerns during teeth cleanings.
Saliva neutralizes plaque acids and keeps your teeth clean. Dehydration can lead to bad breath and dental decay, as there’s less saliva to rinse away the particulates. To keep teeth healthy, doctors recommend drinking a minimum of eight 8oz. glasses of water a day, or about two full 32oz. water bottles.
When smoking, you coat teeth with a long list of potentially hazardous and smelly chemicals, including formaldehyde and tar. In addition to scenting your breath, smoking also damages oral tissues, leading to poor circulation and salivary flow. Teeth cleanings alone can’t undo the damage; so quit the habit as soon as possible.
Because it isn’t always easy to uncover the cause of your bad breath, schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning with Family First Dentistry in Anchorage, AK. They offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to address a range of issues and ensure a beautiful and lasting smile. To learn more about how they can assist, visit online. To set up a visit today, call (907) 562-2820.