When you neglect your oral hygiene by skipping your brushing and flossing regimen, you increase your risk of developing gum disease. Persistent bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is just one of the symptoms of gum disease. If you notice that you have bad breath even when you are brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, it may be a sign that you have an infection in your mouth. You will need to set up an appointment with Dr. Ronald Rice to determine whether or not you have gum disease, and if your bad breath symptoms can be treated with laser gum surgery. Here are some of the reasons as to why we develop bad breath:
In some cases, bad breath is just a side effect of eating foods that have a very strong odor. Spicy foods, garlic, cheese, fish, and onions can all cause bad breath. Brushing and using mouthwash after eating these foods does not always get rid of the problem. You may still have an issue with unpleasant odors until the food has passed through your body.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Bacterial growth around the teeth and gums can cause bad breath. When you are not brushing and flossing regularly, or neglect to use a tongue scraper to keep your tongue clean on a regular basis, you may have persistent bad breath.
People who smoke or chew tobacco often have persistent bad breath. In addition to the odor of tobacco, those who use tobacco products are at risk for developing gum disease and irritation of the gums.
Periodontal disease occurs when there is excessive plaque and bacterial buildup around your teeth and gums. Bacteria spreading in your mouth create toxins that can circulate to other parts of the body. You can have very noticeable bad breath when there is a living infection growing in your mouth.
Other causes of bad breath include: dry mouth, cavities, a yeast infection of the mouth, poorly fitting dental appliances, and even certain types of illnesses.
The best way to prevent halitosis is to maintain a proper brushing and flossing routine, as well as visit Dr. Rice regularly for periodontal examinations and cleanings. If you are looking for bad breath treatment options and want to learn more about laser gum surgery for Twin Falls, ID patients, schedule your consultation with Dr. Rice today!