Bad Breath

Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. Whereas bad breath can be caused by poor oral hygiene, it can also be a sign of more pressing health problems like gum disease. Not keeping up with good daily hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing increases the risk of developing gum disease and bad breath.

Persistent halitosis may require help from Dr. Ryan Estes. We can help restore or improve your overall oral health by treating your halitosis in Florence & Highland Heights, KY.

Popular foods with strong odors such as garlic, onions, cheese, fish, and spicy foods can cause bad breath. The odor can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or brushing, but its effects will last until the food has passed through the body.

In many patients, the cause of halitosis is due to poor oral hygiene. Neglecting to brush, floss, and use mouthwash on a regular basis allows bacteria to grow unchecked. The bacteria that form on the tongue, gums, and around the teeth cause the bad breath. It is often a sign of an active, living infection in the mouth.

Lifestyle habits such as smoking and using tobacco products also contribute to bad breath.

Persistent halitosis is a sign of gum disease and should not be taken lightly. The bacteria that accumulate in the mouth causing the infection create toxins that eventually break down the gum tissue and jaw bone, often leading to bone and tooth loss as well as gum recession.

Other health problems that can cause halitosis include:

• Yeast infections of the mouth
• Chronic sinus infections
• Respiratory tract infections
• Diabetes
• Chronic acid reflux
• Liver or kidney problems

Other problems that can cause bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances and dry mouth.

While halitosis may be common, it is often a sign of an underlying oral or general health condition. Dr. Ryan Estes in Florence & Highland Heights, KY can help determine the cause of your bad breath and get you back to optimal oral health.

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