Are you ever self conscious about having bad breath (halitosis)? Or, maybe, during the course of conversation, you noticed the person you are talking to is suffering from halitosis. Bad breath is something that can be embarrassing, especially if you don't realize you have bad breath. For better or for worse a ton of people suffer from halitosis, over 80 million people in the United States to be exact.
But, what causes halitosis? Is it just bad luck, or is it more than that?
It is actually quite more than just bad luck. Typically, halitosis can be attributed to poor dental hygiene habits. If you are not brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash on a regular basis, then leftover food particles begin decaying and causing bad breath. Additionally, if you are not maintaining regular dental appointments, you may start developing bad breath. This is because you cannot remove all the plaque, bacteria, and tartar build up from your teeth which builds up as calculus (or tartare) on your teeth.
In addition to the above, if you are not taking proper care of your teeth, you may develop periodontal disease. One major side effect of periodontal disease is bad breath. If you are suffering from dry mouth, this may also cause bad breath. There are also things such as the fungal infection Candida that can contribute to bad breath.
Practicing good dental hygiene; which includes brushing and flossing as directed, brushing your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth, and using a tongue a scraper, can all help eliminate bad breath.
Concerned about your bad breath? An oral wellness exam may help identify and eliminate the cause(s). Contact Stone Creek Dental Care in Walla Walla today to schedule and appointment with our team, Dr. Patty Martin and her team would love to see you!