What's halitosis what can you do about it to save your social life?
Halitosis or bad breath is estimated to the third most frequent reason for people to visit a dentist. Tooth decay and gum disease or the first two on the list. Bad breath can be just a bad odor or it can be a symptom of something worse. So how do we get bad breath? Simply put, the odor is caused by bacteria that's below the gum line and on the back of the tongue. There's a very small percentage of halitosis that's due to disorders in the sinuses, throat, lungs and stomach.
What causes bad breath? Legacy Ranch Dental explains:
We know that bad breath is embarrassing and can really affect your social life, so what to do when halitosis strikes? Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne says it depends on why you have bad breath to begin with. Is it because there's leftover food in between your teeth that's collecting bacteria? Dying bacteria cells release sulfur compound that has a foul odor. Certain foods such as garlic and onions can create bad breath, but the smell should disappear after a good dental cleaning. Periodontal disease is a more serious cause of bad breath, which means there's plaque on your teeth surfaces. This plaque can turn into tartar making it even worse. Gum disease (periodontal disease) has been connected to a number of life-threatening diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Dentist Dr. Osborne explains how to care for bad breath
If you're experiencing bad breath and want to take matters into your own hands, Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne says your first line of defense is brushing and flossing your teeth. As simple as that may sound, it's important that you do it right. Make sure you attend to all of your teeth, especially the hard to reach ones. Take your time and brush each tooth's surface getting rid of bacteria that may be hiding in between teeth.
If you have dentures, you should pay extra attention to your dental health. Make sure you clean them and even soak them overnight to get rid of all food particles. At Legacy Ranch Dental, we ask our patients to check for periodontal disease since that can be the cause of halitosis. We may also ask you to make a list of foods you eat regularly as well as medication or herbs you take daily, since that can be the culprit too.
We look forward to see you at Legacy Ranch Dental in Frisco, Texas so we can take care of all your dental needs.