Dentist in Simi Valley, Wood Ranch and Surrounding Areas
Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, can occur for differing reasons. Causes can range from the types of food you eat to problems with your oral health, stomach problems, or other systemic diseases.
- The tongue (Bacteria may accumulate within the lingual papillae)
- Periodontitis (Gum Disease)
- Dentures that are inadequately cleaned
- Use of tobacco and alcohol products
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have a problem with bad breath, the best thing to do is to make an appointment to be seen by a dentist. Following thorough examination, he or she should be able to pinpoint the cause of the problem and begin the process of correcting it.
If it is found that the source of the problem is due to inadequate oral hygiene or other oral health problems, it is very unlikely that mouthwash or mints will effectively treat the issue–and in some instances can even make it worse. ( certain mouthwashes that contain alcohol may cause dry mouth which can make the bad breath worse).
In addition to dental related issues, there are other causes of halitosis:
- Food (diets rich in garlic or onions for example)
- Acid reflux
- Respiratory Tract infections
- Liver or kidney disease
The best way to manage bad breath is to maintain excellent oral hygiene, make regular check up appointments with your dentist, drink plenty of water, and to manage the types of foods introduced regularly to your diet.
If you have any questions about treatment of bad breath and you live in Simi Valley and Wood Ranch or surrounding area, give us a call today!