If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, you increase the risk of developing gum disease and having persistent bad breath. Bad breath is one of the side effects of poor oral hygiene and you may end up needing to seek halitosis treatment. Some of the causes of this condition include:
- Food choices
- Eating foods with very strong odors such as onions, garlic, spices, fish, and cheese can cause bad breath.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Brushing and flossing regularly, using mouthwash, and scraping the tongue can eliminate some of the bacteria in the mouth that contribute to halitosis.
- Lifestyle habits
- Using tobacco products regularly can increase your risk of having bad breath.
- Gum disease
- Periodontal disease is an active infection in the mouth and you may experience persistent bad breath due to bacteria that release foul smelling sulfur compounds.
Other Causes of Bad Breath
Some of the other causes of bad breath include:
- Poorly fitting dental appliances
- Yeast infections of the mouth
- Certain illnesses and disease
- Dry mouth
You can prevent halitosis by keeping up with your oral care regimen and maintaining professional cleanings. If you are concerned about bad breath in Arkansas, schedule your appointment with Dr. Osborne, Dr. Curry, or Dr. Shelton today!