Saturday, February 1, 2014

It Really Is Impossible to Check Your Own Breath

If your breath is sending others running for the hills, it could be your teeth and gums. Chronic halitosis could be caused from physical ailments, but the majority of the time, poor oral hygiene is to blame. You will be the last one to know if it’s your breath that is turning people away as it’s impossible to smell. Regular checkups with your Dentist in Fountain Valley will alleviate your bad breath for the last time.

Unless you have diabetes, a chronic liver disease or suffer from kidney failure, bad breath is usually caused from not brushing, flossing, or seeing your Orange County Dentist regularly.

Bad diet could also be to blame for your chronic bad breath. Indulging in spicy foods that include lots of onions and garlic will cause more than indigestion. According to studies, onions will stay in your system up to three days after digestion. That bloomin’ onion that you enjoyed at your favorite restaurant could be absorbed by your stomach and lungs causing halitosis.

If you enjoy the occasional glass of wine with dinner, or consume alcohol on a regular basis, your teeth and gums could suffer for it. Not only will it stain your teeth, but it could also be a contributor to bad breath.

Your sleeping patterns could also be causing your chronic halitosis. If you sleep with your mouth open or snore, you probably suffer from dry mouth, another cause of bad breath.

When Dr. Peter Hagen checks your mouth for bad breath, he will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums looking for signs of gingivitis. Gingivitis and periodontal disease are more common than you think, and could be the reason that you are suffering from chronic halitosis.

Gingivitis is a disease of the gums that occurs when food particles are allowed to sit below the gum line and in between your teeth. If you do not brush twice and floss once a day, bacteria will form creating plaque and eventually tartar. Once tartar has developed below the gum line, you may have to schedule an appointment with your Dentist in Orange County for a deep cleaning, or scaling and planing treatment.

If you are tired of turning away from others when you speak, it is time to schedule an appointment with your OC Dentist, Dr. Peter Hagen.