Halitosis (aka Bad Breath) is a result of possibly several culprits the most probable of which is simple poor oral hygiene. Other candidates might be dry mouth, infections inside the mouth or respiratory system, digestive and gastrointestinal issues, systemic diseases like diabetes, and detrimental health habits such as smoking.
Smells from bad breath are dissimilar, depending on their cause. There are those who obsess on their breath odor by chewing gum and constantly popping mints, while others can be completely oblivious that they have breath odor. Because it is difficult to know whether or not you yourself have halitosis, ask a friend, family member, or someone you feel comfortable with to tell you the truth.
Making simple changes in your daily dental habits may alleviate the problem. Doing things like, brushing your tongue along with your teeth may do the trick. Always brushing after eating, flossing, and drinking more water are easy habits to learn.
After making positive changes to your oral hygiene, if you find that your bad breath persists, you should check with a dentist. he may be able to identify the issue if you have a more serious problem that needs to be handled by a specialist.
If you are going to get an evaluation, follow the tips before you show up at the dentist office:
– Many dentists prefer making appointments first thing in the morning for testing bad breath so that odors from eating do not a hamper testing.
– Fasting before your appointment is recommended. Do not eat for at least 3 hours prior to your visit.
– Be sure to avoid wearing anything with a fragrance like cologne, perfume or scented lotions and lipstick.
– Let your dentist know if you are taking prescription medication. he may want to schedule the appointment later out to assure that these are not the issue.
Dr. Andrew Atwood would be delighted to see you for evaluation. If you have any questions, please contact us at: 801-225-1002, or come in for testing at Double Take Dental in Orem, Utah.