Are you concerned about bad breath? Chronic bad breath, known as halitosis, can cause awkward social situations and can diminish self-esteem. Thankfully, we carry Omni Pharmaceutical’s line of premium bad breath treatment products to leave your breath smelling clean and fresh. We also identify the underlying source of bad breath, such as periodontal disease or other oral health issues, and treat it accordingly. Stop masking bad breath with chewing gum and mints.
If you are looking for a way to truly put an end to bad breath in the Centennial area, please call 303-759-5652 or email Park Meadows Dental Care today for an appointment.
Common Causes of Bad Breath
There are two main causes of bad breath. One is a temporary cause. Small food particles or oily residue from a meal that contained smelly foods, such as strong herbs, garlic, or onions may leave you with bad breath for a short time after the meal. Treating this type of bad breath with tooth brushing, mints, or mouthwash is acceptable.
But if you get recurring bad breath or bad breath that doesn’t respond to this type of treatment, chances are the cause of your bad breath is anaerobic bacteria living in your mouth. Most life on earth is aerobic, which means it processes energy with oxygen. However, some bacteria are anaerobic, which means they don’t use oxygen to digest their food. Instead, they use sulfur, and when they digest their food they give off smelly sulfur compounds. When you have a lot of these bacteria in your mouth, it results in bad breath.
There are two places that these anaerobic bacteria tend to colonize if they aren’t regularly removed by your oral hygiene or regular teeth cleaning visits. They may be around your teeth, either between your teeth or below your gum line, which is what we call gum disease. Gum disease not only leads to bad breath, it can lead to tooth loss, and may even make it hard for you to get dental implants to replace lost teeth.
Another place anaerobic bacteria tend to colonize is inside your tooth. If you have a cavity that is deep, it will harbor anaerobic bacteria, and the situation is much worse when a cavity gets deep enough, bacteria will invade the interior of your tooth, a serious tooth infection that requires a root canal to treat.
Over-The-Counter Remedies Make It Worse
Although you can use mouthwash to attempt to rinse away that liver-and-onions smell, if bacteria are to blame for your bad breath, mouthwash will likely just make it worse.
Most mouth washes contain alcohol, which can kill bacteria, but it can also dry out your mouth and irritate gum tissue. If you have gum disease, mouthwash won’t kill much of your bacteria, but it will reduce your body’s saliva production. Saliva is your body’s own antibacterial mouth wash, and when it’s not being produced, bacteria will thrive.
Mints can also contain sugar, which will feed bacteria and encourage their growth.
Don’t let bad breath turn into a serious health condition. If you’re in the Centennial area contact our dental office today to put an end to halitosis!