The risk of developing gum disease and bad breath is greatly increased if you do not stick with a daily brushing and flossing routine. While bad breath can be a symptom of poor dental hygiene, it can also be a sign of health problems.
In the medical field, bad breath is known as a condition called halitosis. You may need to work with Dr. Jonathan Tiger in White Plains, NY for periodontal treatment to help your bad breath and other gum disease symptoms.
Eating foods with very strong odors, such as garlic, onions, cheese, fish, and spicy foods contribute to bad breath. Brushing, flossing, and/or using mouthwash after eating these foods can mask the odor temporarily. However, your bad breath will return until the foods have passed through your body.
Bad breath treatment includes brushing and flossing regularly, using a tongue scraper and using an antibacterial mouth rinse on a daily basis to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that will cause bad breath.
Daily habits and lifestyle choices could be a contributing factor to bad breath as well. Smoking or other tobacco-based products can cause bad breath. In addition to bad breath, smoking and chewing tobacco-based products can also affect your taste buds and cause gum inflammation. Ideally, bad breath treatment includes staying away from tobacco products altogether.
Persistent bad breath is also one of the signs of gum disease, or periodontal disease. Excessive plaque and bacteria buildup on the teeth create toxins in the mouth. This buildup will create pockets between the gums and teeth, leaving an ideal place for the bacteria to grow. Eventually, if not treated, periodontal disease will cause gum recession and bone deterioration. This infection, as it grows and spreads, may give you noticeable bad breath.
Some other causes of bad breath include: yeast infections of the mouth, cavities, poorly-fitting dental appliances; dry mouth; or illnesses and diseases such as chronic sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.
The best bad breath treatment is to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and make sure you get periodontal disease treatment as early as possible if needed.
If you are looking for bad breath treatment, set up a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Tiger, for White Plains, NY periodontal treatment. Dr. Tiger will create a treatment plan to address bad breath symptoms and also determine whether any gum disease treatment is necessary.