What Is Halitosis?

Closeup of a brunette woman anxiously covering her mouth with a dark large-rimmed hat to hide her bad breath

Even if the name halitosis doesn’t ring any bells, you’re probably familiar with this unfortunate condition. If you notice that your bad breath seems to always linger, then you may be experiencing halitosis, or chronic bad breath, a common condition among many adults. We want to discuss how and why halitosis develops, as well as provide some options for treatment so you don’t have to go around constantly concerned about having bad breath.

What Causes Halitosis?

There are a variety of dental issues that can cause halitosis:

  • Cavities and gum disease are breeding grounds for odor-causing bad bacteria that can be difficult to clean off and remove without professional assistance.
  • Dry mouth, which occurs when your mouth does not naturally produce enough saliva, provides bacteria with a place to grow and develop. Although often overlooked, your saliva is an important line of defense against tooth decay and bad breath! Saliva helps neutralize certain bacteria, as well as wash away food particles left behind in your mouth.
  • Other habits, like smoking and tobacco use, may also cause halitosis. Tobacco products linger on your breath, dry out your mouth, and also increase the risk of developing gum disease.

How Can I Stop Halitosis?

The first step in preventing and treating halitosis is to have a good preventive care routine. You should gently brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss at least once a day every day, and visit our office every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. If you’re looking to jazz up your oral care routine, consider investing in an electric toothbrush. Check out our March blog post to help you decide if your smile might benefit from this dental tool.

We Can Help Resolve Your Dental Discomfort

If you notice that you have bad breath despite a good oral care routine, let Dr. Flesher or one of our friendly team members know during your next visit. We will check to determine whether your halitosis is an indicator of something more serious, or if you simply need to adjust your oral hygiene habits, drink more water, or eat a more balanced diet. To ask us any additional questions about halitosis or to schedule your next visit, contact our team today.

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