Bad Breath (Halitosis)

What causes bad breath?


Are you one of those people downplaying bad breath as an annoying side effect of aging or a natural consequence of chewing food? Are you coping with bad taste in the mouth with various ways, such as chewing gum, using odor freshener or drugs?

If you experience bad breath in your daily life, whether it is from intense physical activity or food intake, time to give it some serious thoughts.

What Causes Bad Breath

Bad breath is a symptom that is often ignored by many people. As the body’s alarm system, bad breath is a way to alert when something goes wrong. Some experience it as a mere annoyance, while for others it may interfere with work, meeting clients or disrupt sleep. As people succumb to the realities of unhygienic living, they often find themselves with inevitable discomfort. Many studies have shown that, in an increasingly desperate search for relief from the bad odor, these people bounce from one product to another seeking comfort that frequently remains elusive. It can worsen over time, although to what degree is dependable upon many unknowns.

Most bad breath is the result of poor oral maintenance. This can be explained in part by people’s perspective that have occurred over the past century. Our life is consumed by many activities on a daily basis that give no room for dental hygiene. in place of brushing and flossing teeth twice a day, and visiting the dentist twice a year, we are living an improvident lifestyle. This lifestyle is the perfect recipe for developing tooth conditions that lead to bacteria and bad odor.

Other problems in the mouth, such as cavities, gum disease and dry mouth, and habits such as eating stinky food, alcohol and smoking may also be responsible for bad breath. Bad breath develops in precisely that area of the mouth where the cavity of tooth problem took place. Symptoms typically last for years and years, although some are fortunate to get rid of it within months. People describe it as unpleasant taste or bothersome. The intensity of bad breath may also vary from patient to patient.

Treatment for Bad Breath

page-images-bad-breathThe truth is that treating yourself for bad breath cannot adequately address the interrelated elements – bacteria and underlying condition – of bad breath. For people with no physical symptoms, bad breath is a warning signal that should be reported immediately to the dentist. Early determination of the source of this symptoms will alert the dentist to not only provide relief for the odor but also undertake appropriate treatment that will minimize the impact of the underlying cause.

When the person is free of bad breath, he or she can eat better and actively engage in friendships, family and careers. Beverly dentist, Dr. Ben Polan, is well versed in treating people with bad breath and evaluating other mouth disorders.

Take Action

If you have endured symptoms of bad breath for more than a week, don’t find a cure for yourself. Instead, visit Dr. Ben Polan who can minimize your mouth odor. And if you are close to someone with this condition, do get involved. Do tell the dentist about all your prior health history and treatments you have undergone. Level with the dentist about your habits and about any obstacles you encountered with other treatments.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions at the office. Be sure to understand what is being done and why certain set of treatments are necessary. The dentist will help you manage bad breath and propose therapies. Visiting the dentist is not only recommended for individuals with bad breath, it is a critical step of recovery.