“So Doc, I’ve been getting bad breath.  What’s going on?”

Believe it or not, the above is actually a pretty common complaint.  It’s nothing to be embarrased about.  After all, that’s what we are here for.

What causes bad breath?  While many of the factors can be found in the mouth, it can be quite a few things, and they can include:

  • Bacteria and food that accumulate on the tonguebad breath treatment in Grand Rapids
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Tooth infection
  • Gum and bone disease/infection
  • Dentures that are not cleaned regularly
  • Strong odored foods
  • Throat infection
  • Change in the body

Some may try to use mouthwash to combat bad breath.  If it works, great!  Many times though, I’ve found that mouthwash masks the problem and the underlying cause may still remain.

During your dental checkup, be sure to mention to your dentist if you think you may have bad breath.  The first thing your dentist would want to do is find out the cause(s) of the bad breath.  Usually its due to bacteria accumulation on the tongue, and this can be easily solved by brushing and cleaning your tongue daily.  If there are other contributing factors involved, together you and the dentist would explore other causes.  If necessary, sometimes a physician referral may be necessary to rule out systemic involvement like diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, etc.

Good and proper oral hygiene at home is a great first place to start, followed by regular dental checkups and dental cleanings.

If you have any questions about bad breath, its causes and treatment, your local Bellevue dentist is here to help.  Contact us today!

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