Bad Breath Causes & Remedies

The medical word for bad breath is halitosis, and we all suffer from it occasionally. Chronic bad breath, though, may have an underlying dental or medical cause that needs to be addressed in order to restore good breath and good health. If you experience more-than-occasional bad breath, call the dentists at Kwon & Jabbour General & Cosmetic Dentistry. Walnut Creek CA dentist Dr. Julie Kwon or Dr. Hani Jabbour will diagnose the source of your halitosis and recommend ways to combat it.

Bad Breath: The Common Culprits

Many things can cause bad breath. Here are few of the “usual suspects.”

  • Eating strongly flavored foods
  • Not brushing and flossing on a regular basis
  • Using tobacco products
  • Dry mouth
  • Gum disease
  • Dental decay
  • Poorly fitting dentures

In addition, bad breath can be a by-product of certain illnesses, such as chronic sinus infections, acid reflux, and upper respiratory problems. Issues with the kidneys or the liver may also cause bad breath.

Don’t Mask the Problem, Solve It

Mints, gum, and mouthwashes may temporarily freshen breath, but they don’t stop odor. At your appointment with Walnut Creek dentist Dr. Kwon or Dr. Jabbour, the doctor will examine your mouth, discuss your oral hygiene habits, talk to you about your symptoms, and work to determine the source of the problem.

Sometimes, treatment is as simple as instruction on proper brushing and flossing, changing your habits to brush and floss on a regular basis, or brushing and flossing more than twice a day. Increasing water consumption may also help. The doctor may advise you to change lifestyle habits, such as smoking or tobacco use, and provide information and resources to help you make healthier choices.

If it’s suspected that your halitosis is due to a medical condition, the doctor will recommend an appointment with your general physician or suggest a specialist who can provide the care you need.

Visiting Kwon & Jabbour General & Cosmetic Dentistry for regular checkups and dental cleanings can improve oral health and alert the doctor to any issues that may contribute to bad breath, which can help your breath stay fresh and sweet smelling! Call our Walnut Creek CA dentist’s office today.