Diagnosing Your Bad Breath
If you are constantly chewing gum or eating breath mints to cover up your bad breath, you aren’t alone. In fact, one in four Americans has halitosis (bad breath). In most situations, halitosis is the result of improper dental hygiene. If you aren’t brushing and flossing your teeth after each meal, bacteria grow, which can lead to gum disease-another cause of bad breath. Here are some of the most common causes of bad breath and how a dentist in Jupiter & Boyton Beach can help.
Poor Oral Hygiene
The most common cause of bad breath is due to poor oral hygiene. It is extremely important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once each day. It is also beneficial to use a tongue scraper to help eliminate odor-causing bacteria on your tongue. It is also essential that you visit a Jupiter & Boyton Beach dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and examinations.
Other Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath may also be caused by:
- Dry mouth
- Chronic disease
- Using tobacco products
- Mouth, throat, nose and/or respiratory conditions
How a Dentist in Jupiter & Boyton Beach Can Help
If your Jupiter & Boyton Beach dentist determines that your teeth and gums are healthy and the odor isn’t a result of poor oral hygiene, they may refer you to your medical practitioner to determine the cause of the odor and for treatment of a medical condition. If you have periodontal disease, your dentist can treat the disease or you may be referred to a periodontist. Gum disease often causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. In this situation, you will need a professional cleaning to remove the bacteria and accumulated plaque. If there is an extensive buildup of plaque, your dentist may prescribe an antimicrobial toothpaste and/or mouthwash.
Contact Our Riverwalk Dental Group Today!
To schedule a cleaning and examination to determine the cause of bad breath, contact us here at Riverwalk Dental Group.