Bad Breath: What Other Issues Are Linked To It?
Whether you refer to it simply as bad breath or its medical term halitosis, this common condition is typically the result of poor dental health habits. However, it can also be a sign of additional health problems too.
It’s no secret that what you eat can also affect your breath, but we’re more focused on how bad breath can tell us more about our oral-systemic health in this case.
Here are some of the common issues that could be associated with bad breath.
Poor Dental Habits Can Affect Breath
One of the largest contributing factors to bad breath is the foods and drinks you consume, but there is more to the story than just that.
Leftover foods and drinks in your mouth from inadequate brushing promotes bacterial growth. This bacterial growth grows between the teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue, promoting bad breath as a result.
Ways to cut down on bad-breath-causing bacteria include:
- Brushing your teeth, gums, and tongue twice daily
- Flossing once daily
- Using an antibacterial mouthwash
- Using an oral rinse that contains an antiseptic property or hydrogen peroxide
Health Problems Associated With Bad Breath
If you’re suffering from persistent bad breath or you have a bad taste in your mouth on occasion, these could be signs of more serious issues.
Gum disease, such as periodontal disease, can not only cause the symptoms listed above; it can cause irreversible tooth decay and loss of bone structure as well.
In addition, bad breath could also be a sign of:
- Xerostomia – Also known as dry mouth, saliva plays a key component in neutralizing the acids produced by plaque. It also helps to wash away dead cells in the mouth on the tongue and gums.
- Pneumonia – In the early stages of bronchitis, these chronic sinus infections can cause bad breath due to postnasal dripping and the spread of bacteria.
- Diabetes – Another condition that has recently been researched. Studies have suggested that there is a link between gum disease and diabetes.
Stay Informed On Bad Breath
For more information on how to combat bad breath, or to keep your oral hygiene in check, please contact Dr. Koo and his staff.