Common Bad Breath Culprits
By Scott Szatkowski D.D.S.
December 19, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: bad breath  

Find out what could be causing your embarrassingly bad breath.

While it’s pretty typical for everyone to wake up with some form of morning breath, there are some people who experience chronic bad breath (also referred to as halitosis). If you are one of these people, you aren’t alone. It’s estimated that around 35 to 45 percent of people worldwide experience some form of bad breath, and over 80 million Americans actually deal with chronic forms of this condition. If you’re tired and embarrassed by your “dragon breath” then your Elk Grove Village, IL dentist has some answers as to what could be causing your nasty little problem.

Skipping Bedtime Brushing

It might seem hard to believe, but many people don’t brush their teeth before hitting the sack. This is only compounded by the fact that these people are now only brushing once a day and certainly not for the recommended two minutes. This just won’t do! If you are dealing with bad breath, then take a serious look at your oral hygiene. You should be brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. Also opt for a tongue scraper to remove particles and bacteria that can also cause bad breath.

Dental Problems

That bad breath could be a sign of gum disease, an infection or an abscessed tooth. In fact, gum disease is often a leading cause of bad breath. However, this often happens over time, so you may not be even be aware that you even have a problem. This is why it’s vital to see your Elk Grove Village dentist regularly for routine cleanings and exams.

Dry Mouth

Since saliva aids in removing food particles and bacteria from your teeth, if you suffer from dry mouth then you could also be dealing with bad breath. Therefore, try to drink more water particularly after meals. Some medications, open-mouth breathing and certain disorders can cause dry mouth. Talk to your dentist in Elk Grove Village if you are experiencing chronic dry mouth.

Sinus problems

If you are also dealing with post-nasal drip or a stuffy nose, then your bad breath could be the result of a sinus infection. However, only an ear, nose and throat doctor can properly treat your sinus-related problems.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

If you experience frequent heartburn then GERD could also be to blame for your bad breath along with that burning feeling in your chest. However, your Elk Grove Village dentist will be able to check for enamel loss and other signs that gastric reflux could be to blame.

If treating these conditions and removing these offensive foods and drinks from your diet doesn’t do the trick, then you will want to talk to your Elk Grove Village dentist about other treatment options that will knock out bad breath once and for all.