The Battle Against Bad Breath: Identifying Causes and Treating the Problem

Bad Breath Treatments - Pittsburgh

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 by Timothy Sluser, DMD

A woman about to brush her teethAt Four Seasons Dental, we take all dental problems great and small seriously. Sometimes a seemingly small issue may be the sign of a larger problems, so we do our best to help treat and prevent problems for all of our patients in the Pittsburgh area.

When it comes to common general dentistry questions and concerns, bad breath (halitosis) tends to rank high on the list. Let's take a moment right now to look at the most common causes of bad breath and what can be done for treatment and prevention.

Foods and Beverages That Can Lead to Unpleasant Breath

Some foods and beverages that can make your breath smelly and unsavory include the following:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Fish
  • Certain cheeses
  • Spicy foods
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

When eating or drinking any of the above, be sure to keep the potential effects on your breath in mind.

Tobacco Products Can Leave Your Breath Undesirable

Smoking and using chewing tobacco have so many negative effects on your general health. In addition to harming your lungs and your throat and making cancer more likely in the process, tobacco products can also cause bad breath. Here's just another great reason to quit.

Poor Oral Hygiene Means a Greater Likelihood of Bad Breath

If you don't brush your teeth or floss regularly, your breath is bound to smell worse. Oral bacteria in the mouth is allowed to thrive, and this bacteria can potentially cause tooth decay and gum disease in the process.

Dry Mouth Can Make Bad Breath Even Worse

When you experience dry mouth, the oral bacteria in your mouth is allowed to thrive, and any dead cells and food particles in your mouth are bound to fester. This is why drinking water to stay hydrated is a good way to help reduce the severity of bad breath.

Issues with Dental Bridges or Dentures May Result in Poor Breath

When your bridges or dentures fit improperly, food particles can get trapped around the appliance, leading to issues with your breath. This is why having bridges and dentures that fit properly can affect more than just comfort.

Systemic Health Issues Can Contribute to Bad Breath

A number of conditions that affect the sinuses, throat, lungs, and stomach can result in bad breath to varying degrees. These matters will generally be best treated by a doctor rather than a dentist simply given the nature of the condition to be treated.

Treatment Options for Bad Breath

To treat bad breath, there are a number of general dentistry treatments to consider, including basic cleanings and advanced treatments for tooth decay and gum disease. In some cases, an artificial saliva may be used to promote/create moisture in a patient's mouth.

The ideal treatment for you and your needs will be determined during a consultation with your dentist.

Tips for Preventing Bad Breath

In order to prevent bad breath, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth at least once a night
  • Quit using tobacco products
  • Avoid snacking on sugary foods and beverages
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water through the day
  • Consider sugar-free chewing gum and mints
  • Meet with your dentist for regular checkups

Schedule a Consultation at Four Seasons Dental

For more information about treating bad breath and preventing it as well, be sure to contact our family dental care center today. The entire team here at Four Seasons Dental looks forward to your visit and helping you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.