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Gulfport Halitosis Treatments

Halitosis is the technical term for “bad breath.” More than 50 million people suffer from halitosis in the United States. Depending on the cause, bad breath may happen only occasionally or may be a more persistent condition. The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria. Because the mouth is moist and warm, it creates perfect conditions for the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth. In fact, approximately 80% of bad breath is caused by something in the mouth. Bad breath caused by bacteria in the mouth can be easily treated. Brushing your teeth, tongue and gums after meals as well as flossing and rinsing with mouthwash will usually take care of the problem. Regular visits to Gulf Coast Dental for a deeper, professional cleaning and exam will also help you.

What Cause Halitosis?

  • Bad oral hygiene
  • Bacteria
  • Smoking
  • Tooth decay
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Items trapped in the nasal cavity (common in small children)
  • Crash diets
  • Dry mouth
  • Drugs and medication
  • Reflux
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Bronchiectasis

Less Common Causes of Halitosis

Systemic illnesses such as diabetes, acid-reflux disease, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus problems and others
Infections in the mouth such as periodontal (gum) disease
Respiratory tract infections such as throat infections, sinus infections or lung infections

Ways to Prevent Halitosis

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day or after each meal
  • Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper
  • Floss daily
  • Drink the right amount of water
  • Reduce or eliminate the amount of tobacco products you use
  • Reduce or eliminate alcoholic beverages
  • Be aware of food such as onions, garlic or coffee which can contribute to bad breath

Most types of occasional bad breath, such as “morning mouth,” are considered relatively normal and are not usually the result of chronic halitosis or a health issue. However, persistent bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems with the gums and teeth.

Treating Bad Breath

In treating bad breath, the dentists will perform a physical examination of the patient’s mouth to determine the cause. If they discover that systemic problems are the cause, they may refer the patient to their family physician. In severe cases of gum disease, it is recommended that a patient visit a periodontist, a doctor that specializes in treating gum disease.

Call our office promptly if you have bad breath with painful, swollen gums that bleed easily or cause loose teeth.

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