dentist Santa AnaNo one wants to be told that they have bad breath. However, bad breath is one of the most common problems treated by general dentistry. If you have persistent bad breath, it might be an indication that there is a problem with your oral health.

Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath can occur for a number of reasons, not all of which are a reflection on your personal oral hygiene. If you brush and floss your teeth regularly and still suffer from halitosis, you should see your dentist to find out why. The explanation might be simple, but bad breath can also be a sign of more serious problems.

Some causes of persistent bad breath include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Diet

If you have persistent bad breath and also a bad taste in your mouth or any other symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. By treating the problems with your teeth or gums, your dentist can remove the source of the bad breath. A common side effect of dry mouth is bad breath as well as an elevated risk of cavities. There are general dentistry treatments that can help correct your dry mouth.

Treatment for Persistent Bad Breath

Your dentist can recommend treatments that will help reduce or eliminate your bad breath. She can supply restorations to treat decay, recommend treatment for gum disease, or can provide prescription medication to help eliminate symptoms of dry mouth. She can also make recommendations to improve your brushing and flossing technique.

There are several things you can do at home, as well, to help combat halitosis. This can include:

  • Using an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Brushing your tongue or using a tongue cleaner
  • Avoiding aromatic foods like onions or garlic, which can give you bad breath

If you have bad breath are concerned about the underlying cause, talk to our dentist about possible solutions.