Bad breath can be a result of not following a good daily hygiene routine, but it could also be one of many gum disease symptoms.
Persistent bad breath can also be a sign of other health problems, and it may be something that you want to address with Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. in Athens, GA.
Bad breath has a medical term, halitosis, and treatment could improve your overall health.
We will cover a few causes of bad breath to help you evaluate your problem with halitosis:
• Food with Strong Odors
Food with strong odors can certainly affect your breath. Often, foods such as garlic, onions, cheese, fish, or spicy foods can produce a side effect of bad breath for the consumer. Bad breath from food is temporary and will go away once the foods have completely passed through your body.
• Poor Oral Hygiene
The primary cause for most people suffering from halitosis is bacterial growth in the mouth. Brushing and flossing regularly removes bacteria from between the teeth, around the gums, and the tongue. If you are not following a daily oral hygiene routine, unchecked bacterial growth can be the cause of your bad breath. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
• Tobacco Use
Smoking, chewing tobacco, and using other tobacco products have many negative effects on your health, including halitosis. Smoking also affects your taste buds and can cause gum irritation. In some instances, this can lead to gingivitis and be a secondary risk factor for gum disease.
• Gum Disease
Persistent halitosis is one of many gum disease symptoms. Excessive plaque buildup allows bacteria to thrive in your mouth, creating toxins that break down gum tissue and the bone in the jaw. Bad breath is a sign of an active infection in your mouth, and often it is very noticeable.
Bad breath can also be caused by yeast infections of the mouth, poorly fitting dental appliances, dry mouth, chronic sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.
Since bad breath can be a gum disease symptom, it is important to have it evaluated. If you are experiencing persistent halitosis, gingivitis, or other gum disease symptoms, call Dr. McRae in Athens, GA today to set up an appointment to be evaluated.
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