It is not uncommon for one to wake up with less than desirable “morning” breath. In some cases, bad breath can develop during the day or evening hours as well. However, on our way to brush our teeth and complete our daily routine, do we ever ponder what could cause this phenomenon? Medically called halitosis, is common worldwide, for people of all ages. While brushing, flossing and rinsing habits can contribute to halitosis, there are other explanations as well.
What to Do About Bad Breath
Firstly, dental experts recommend brushing 2-3 times per day to decrease bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by the building and growing of bacteria on the teeth and gums. Flossing can be a contributing factor as well. Antibacterial mouth rinse is highly recommended for patients of all ages.
Bad Breath as a Symptom
Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, can also be a sign of other medical issues. Most commonly, cavities or gum disease can be factors. Additionally, respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis, chronic sinus congestion and infections, post-nasal drip, diabetes, acid refulx and liver or kidney complications.
It is important to consult with your dentist and describe any bad breath going on to your dentist and hygienist. Together, they can asses and diagnose the issue and cause, which will result in more smiles for all. Dental Specialist of Niles will consult