Bad Breath

Bad Breath – The 411

There it is, right under your nose and you may not even be aware…but your good-night kisses are epic fails and your co-workers are definitely not close-talkers.

You have bad breath…and you are not alone. Halitosis is an all too common embarrassing condition. 

  • Bad breath commonly comes from gases produced by bacteria which accumulate in your mouth, on your teeth, gums and tongue.
  • These gases contain sulfur which causes their odor.
  • The obvious way to treat bad breath is to brush and floss.
  • Using a tongue scraper is also a good way to remove bacteria from the back of your tongue.

There may be some other cause of your bad breath – consider the following:

Could it be your nose? Sinus infections or the presence of bacteria in your nose and sinus cavities cause smelly secretions from your nasal passages – which may be a cause of bad breath. Using a saline nasal wash can help, but if this problem persists, you may want to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Could it be tonsil stones? You may have never heard of tonsil stones or tonsilloliths, globs of lymph tissue and bacteria that reside in the back of the throat. They are filled with crevices where bacteria accumulates. If enough bacteria get caught, these smelly tonsilloliths can definitely contribute to bad breath.

Could it be your diet? Garlic and onions contain compounds that are taken into the blood cells and expelled through the lungs. So, your breath actually smells, not just your mouth.

Could it be your stomach? If none of the above is the cause of your bad breath, or if it is a persistent problem, see your doctor. In some cases, stomach problems, such as acid reflux, can cause bad breath.

Have you visited your dentist lately? A good dental check-up may reveal plaque and dental decay. Plaque can break down your teeth, causing bad breath. Cavities can also be smelly culprits.

Bad breath can impact on your personal relationships – that’s a fact! Call Morris County Dental, today, and let us help you get a handle on your halitosis: 973-328-1225.

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