We’re all familiar with bad breath. We’ve all had it and we’ve all smelled it. What some don’t know, is that there’s a name for this. It’s called halitosis and it can be one of our mouth’s warning signs that something isn’t quite right with our oral hygiene. While this is the case, there are also many things that can cause, or contribute to halitosis that have minimal impact on our oral hygiene. Therefore, it’s important to identify what’s causing your halitosis when it happens. The simplest and most effective way to do this is to call your dentist and schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning.

Common Causes

Halitosis can be caused by many different things, not all of which are health concerns. Sometimes, food and beverage odors linger in the mouth, and it’s as simple as that. But it can also be the result of various oral health problems; such as decaying food particles, decaying teeth, infections, or copious quantities of other bacteria in the mouth. If your halitosis is a result of food and isn’t impairing your health, then you can either avoid those foods, ignore the bad breath, or use sugar-free gum or breath mints. If it is related to oral health though, there are certain steps you should take. Either way, it is a good idea to see your dentist for a Tulsa teeth cleaning. But first, some of the most common causes:

  • Dry mouth. Low saliva content in the mouth leads to more bacterial growth, which in turn contributes to halitosis.
  • Some stomach illnesses or indigestion problems can contribute to, or cause, halitosis while they persist. Antacids may help to alleviate this.
  • Certain foods can cause or contribute to halitosis. This is one of the most common causes of acute, or short-term, halitosis. In this case, strongly flavorful or odiferous foods are the most likely culprits. Things such as; onions, garlic, fish, as well as certain sauces and dressings. Beverages can also leave strong lingering odors or cause indigestion problems that can lead to halitosis. Coffee or any other highly acidic beverages are excellent examples. Certain diet guidelines can also lead to halitosis by making the body burn fats at an accelerated rate. This is most common in low-carb diets.

Remedies and Preventions

First, it is a good idea to determine if your halitosis is chronic or acute. If you only experience acute halitosis or bad breath for short and intermittent periods of time, then there may not be much to worry about. But if you experience chronic halitosis or persistent bad breath, then you should speak with a dentist to determine if the cause is related to oral health problems. There may be indicators as to whether this is the case that you can pick up on yourself, but it is always important to consult the experts when it comes to your health.

To deal with current halitosis, or to prevent halitosis from forming in your mouth, it is important to provide yourself with proper oral care. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss them at least once a day. Use a fluoride mouthwash on a regular basis. Be especially attentive to the cleaning of such dental objects as braces, palette expanders, mouth guards, and dentures.  The primary goal of these steps is to remove food particles and prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque. The last step is to call your dentist and schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning appointment.