Richmond Dentist Discusses Bad Breath Causes and Cures

Feb 5th, 2013 | By | Category: Bad Breath, General Dentistry

bad breathBad breath is a familiar presence for many people in the mornings, but when it doesn’t dissipate after your morning routine, it can make you socially uncomfortable. To exacerbate matters, chronic bad breath (halitosis) may be a warning of an underlying health issue. Either way, ignoring your persistent bad breath is never a good idea. To help restore confidence to your day, Richmond dentistDr. Stefan Moiceanu, explains what often causes morning breath and steps you can take to help eliminate it.

Why Your Breath is Offensive

Some strong foods, like garlic and onions, can tint your breath with powerful odors. These odors, however, tell you exactly where your unpleasant breath from. Morning breath or persistent bad breath, however, does not typically smell like food, and consequently, can be more difficult to trace (and often more offensive).

The source can typically be traced back to oral bacteria, which contribute to the formation of sticky dental plaque. As living organisms, bacteria consume fuel and produce waste as a result. Some of the germs in your mouth consume sugar and carbs, then excrete acid that wears away your tooth enamel to make way for tooth decay. Others release gaseous sulfur compounds, which happen to be the source of some of the most offensive odors, including the stench of rotten eggs.

Tips for Fresher Exhalations

Poor oral hygiene is a typical cause of bad breath. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once, to help minimize the amount of germs that are allowed to loiter in your mouth, releasing foul gases. When you sleep, your saliva production is significantly reduced, allowing oral bacteria to gather almost uninterrupted throughout the night. Eating a well-balanced breakfast before brushing your teeth in the morning helps stimulate the flow of saliva to help combat mouth germs and their embarrassing processes. In some cases, however, your bad breath can be more serious than bacterial gas. Halitosis can also be a symptom of gum disease, tooth decay, acid reflux, kidney and/or liver problems, and many other health issues.

 A Clean and Presentable Smile in Richmond

If your bad breath persists in spite of your excellent oral hygiene practices, visit Dr. Moiceanu as soon as possible to determine its source. You can schedule a consultation with your Richmond dentist by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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