You’ve come to the right place to beat your bad breath. The majority of mouth odors really
do start in your mouth. Big Smile Dental can detect the many oral health-related causes to effectively treat this embarrassing condition.
Not all bad breath is created equal
Many types of odors can seemingly come from your mouth. Medical conditions may produce distinct smells, including:
Sweet or fruity — Indicates uncontrolled diabetes
Fecal — Possible sign of intestinal blockage
In most cases, bad breath or halitosis originates from food that remains in the mouth. If not removed properly with adequate brushing and flossing, food clings to the teeth, gums, tongue, and other areas. Bacteria feed off of the sugars in many foods and drinks. Bacterial cells release sulfur compounds, which can result in unpleasant smells.
If bad breath is persistent, a serious dental condition such as gum disease may be to blame. Disease is caused by plaque, an odor-producing film of bacteria that covers the teeth. Dry mouth caused by medical conditions and medications is a risk factor for disease and tooth decay. Since saliva is a natural cleanser, odor-producing particles may remain on the teeth of those suffering from dry mouth.
Other oral health-related sources of chronic bad breath include:
- Surgical wounds following tooth extraction
- Mouth sores
- Infections such as dental abscesses
- Worn fillings and other restorations, which can trap food and promote bacteria
- Ill-fitting or poorly-cleaned dentures
The above conditions require treatment from the professionals at Big Smile Dental. Some oral causes of bad breath may not require treatment, but rather simple changes. For instance, foods such as garlic and onions are associated with bad breath. After the food is absorbed in your bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs and exhaled.