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Horrible Halitosis

Posted in Bad Breath

Do friends take a step back, or even worse, turn their heads when you chat with them?  It’s rather embarrassing to discover you have bad breath – however, you’re not alone. More than 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis, so it’s not unusual that you might be affected by it too.

Fighting Bad Breath

Halitosis can be caused by many things – such as a sinus infection, hormonal changes, or chronic diseases like diabetes, kidney failure and even acid reflux. In most cases though, bad breath simply begins in the mouth and is preventable by following a few tips:

  • Oral Hygiene – Are you brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly? Poor dental hygiene habits allow food particles to break down, forming odor-causing bacteria.  Your tongue harbors more bacteria than any other part of your body. If you’re not including tongue cleaning as part of your oral care routine, it might be contributing to your unpleasant breath.
  • Food – It’s no secret that certain foods affect your breath. Avoiding odor-causing foods such as onion, garlic and even some spices can prevent unwelcome halitosis.
  • Dry Mouth – Saliva plays an important role is washing away oral bacteria and food particles. Without enough saliva, odor-causing bacteria lingers and grows.
  • Tobacco Usage – Not only do tobacco products dry out your mouth, but they also create an unpleasant odor that’s difficult to mask, even with good dental hygiene habits.
  • Oral Infections – Bad breath can be a sign of a more serious problem:  an infection in your mouth. Mouth sores, periodontal disease and tooth decay can create an unpleasant odor that needs dental intervention.

The best way to fight halitosis is by seeing your dentist regularly, and by ruling out any potential dental problems that could cause it. Call today to make an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446


Four Causes of Halitosis

Posted in Bad Breath

Halitosis (chronic bad breath) can destroy your social life, relationships, and even affect your career choices. It’s a touchy subject to bring up, but your dentist is always available to help if bad breath is a concern.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, but it can also cause bad breath. Odorous bacteria reside along and under the gumlines, destroying bone and gum tissue. To prevent this from happening, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly along the gumlines. 

Health Problems

Conditions like acid reflux disease or even dietary imbalances may cause odorous bacteria to come back up into the mouth during digestion. Instead of self-medicating, it’s important to see your primary care provider to discuss the best way to manage imbalances and dietary conditions. 


Nasal drainage in the back of the throat, along with mouth breathing can alter the flora inside of your mouth. Bad breath is a common side effect. Many adults see this in their children, when nasal congestion causes them to breath through their mouth throughout the day.

Mints or Mouth Rinses

Trying to cover up bad breath with mints, gums, or mouthrinses can make breath even worse. Alcohol-containing rinses dry out your mouth, altering the bacterial levels that affect your breath. Likewise, mints or gums can provide bacteria with sugar to eat on and produce more odorous bacteria.

Have your dentist examine your mouth to make sure it is free of infections or other conditions. Cleaning your tongue each day, drinking plenty of water and managing your health are essential. Schedule a cleaning to freshen your breath and enjoy a healthier smile.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618



Halitosis and You

Posted in Bad Breath

When you have halitosis, it’s hard to hide it.

Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, occurs when the bacteria in your mouth is out of balance, leading to a foul odor that can cause people to avoid being near you. Even loved ones might turn away in disgust.

Halitosis can be caused by a number of things, the most common being food. Certain foods such as garlic, onions or certain types of spices can lead to bad breath. The smell can continue for more than a day, as the food passes through the digestive tract, is absorbed into the body and then is given off as a gas in the lungs.

Persistent, long term halitosis is usually a symptom of another more serious underlying health issue. Poor dental hygiene habits can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, dental carries or infections, all of which can lead to bad breath.  Other diseases, including cancer or acid reflux disease, can sometimes cause foul odors from the mouth.

Dry mouth is another concern, whether it is due medication or disease or breathing through the mouth.  Saliva helps to neutralize acidic bacteria, and without it, odors can run rampant. This is why people who snore often wake up with bad breath.

If you think you might have bad breath, ask someone you trust to take a whiff and let you know. Or, lick your forearm and then sniff the area with your mouth closed. If you smell anything afoul, you might have a problem.

Toothpaste, mouthwash and breath mints can be suitable temporary solutions to mask unpleasant odors. But if the bad breath persists despite these measures, it could be a sign of more serious issues.  In this case, you should seek a diagnosis from your dentist.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Top Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath and halitosis can make people very self-conscious around others, and even affect their relationships with other people, no matter how significant they are. Bringing up the topic of bad breath can be an uncomfortable subject for people to discuss, but the truth is many dental patients want to ask their dentist about it. Dentists and hygienists are well equipped to discuss this topic with patients, help them pinpoint the possible cause of their problem, and provide bad breath and halitosis treatment. Here are some of the most common causes of bad breath:

Gum Disease

Active gum disease involves tartar buildup, and swollen, bleeding gums. The bacteria that cause these conditions can be very odorous, especially if the level of gum disease is severe. A bad taste around certain teeth may also be evident.

Tongue Bacteria

90% of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth are found on the surface of the tongue. Using a tongue scraper, many people are shocked to see how much debris is removed when they use it each day. Brushing the tongue may help, but it’s not always adequate.

Allergies or Sinus Drainage

Drainage down the back of the throat, and mouth breathing (due to stuffy noses) alter the flora in the mouth and throat, creating an odorous condition. It may be worthwhile to take an over the counter allergy medication or see your physician for more aggressive sinus infections.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Some types of digestive problems or even heartburn can cause odor in the mouth. This may be due to gas, alteration of oral flora due to stomach acid, or odorous foods that are eaten.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a concern of many dental patients. Bad breath goes beyond simple morning breath and can linger all day long. The odor can wreak havoc on your personal and professional life, not to mention hurt your self-esteem. Sometimes a bad taste will go along with the malodor. Here are some of the main reasons that certain people suffer from bad breath, and what you can do to help.

Bacteria on the Tongue

The tongue houses approximately 90% of all bad breath causing bacteria. The small papilla that cover the surface of the tongue make a prime spot for bacteria to live and thrive in. Brushing the tongue may help, or you can purchase a tongue scraper at the supermarket.

Allergies and Sinus Infections

Mucous drainage from the nasal sinuses drips down the back of the throat. This can cause severe bad breath at times and other times seem nonexistent.  The first step to managing this type of bad breath is to address the allergies or sinus issues. Sometimes an over the counter allergy pill is all that is needed to help clear up the symptoms.

Gum Disease

People with periodontal disease (gum disease) can suffer some of the most severe bad breath symptoms of anyone. This is due to calcified bacteria built up underneath the gums and the chronic infection that it causes. Even the best oral hygiene cannot correct this problem without professional help from your dentist.

Tooth Decay and Abscessed Teeth

Severe tooth decay houses bacteria deep within the tooth. If severe enough, the tooth abscesses and drains through the gum tissue near the root. This pus is a common cause of malodor and the tooth requires root canal therapy in order to be saved.

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How to Treat Bad Breath

If you are concerned about bad breath, or halitosis, you should see your dentist as he or she will be able to help you diagnose the causes. There are several ways that you can prevent bad breath, though, and these should be done on a regular basis.

The first and most important way to prevent bad breath is to have a healthy mouth. Brush twice a day, and floss once a day for optimal dental health. See your dentist at least twice a year for routine exams and dental cleanings. Do not forget to brush your tongue, as bacteria live on your tongue and when you breathe out, odors can form. When you brush, pay close attention to the back of your mouth and the inside of your teeth.  Brush for at least two minutes twice a day.  If you are a denture wearer, make sure you are removing your dentures for at least four hours every night and cleaning them thoroughly between use.

You should never use candy or mints or gum to treat bad breath.  Increasing sugar amounts that live in your mouth will increase the risk of tooth decay, and this can cause further bad breath.  If you are going to chew gum or eat candy, sugar-free or sugarless brands should be used.

For infrequent bad breath, a mouthwash can be used. However, you should know that this will only mask the odor and not treat the problem. If you cannot eliminate your bad breath with a good brushing and flossing, you should consult your dentist.


What Causes Bad Breath?

Posted in Gum Disease

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is not only embarrassing but can also be a sign of something more serious.  There are many different things that can cause bad breath.

The most common cause of bad breath is an easy fix:  something you ate.  If you had a meal with heavy spices such as garlic or onions, hours later you may notice an unpleasant taste or breath odor.  Brushing and flossing well should help remove this problem.

Bad breath that stays for a long time can be a sign of plaque build-up and gum disease (also called periodontal disease).  This bad breath is usually accompanied by a bad or funny taste in the mouth.  See your dentist for periodontal disease treatment.

Sometimes bad breath is from medications that you may be on or from mouth breathing. This results in dry mouth, which can cause food to remain trapped in your gums and mouth. Increasing your fluid intake or using artificial saliva may help with this.

If you are a smoker or use tobacco products, you are more likely to have bad breath and stained teeth.  Tobacco will irritate your gums, and you are then more likely to have gum disease. Oral cancers are more frequent in tobacco users, which will also cause bad breath.

If none of these items are the cause of your bad breath, it is possible that you have another medical condition such as kidney disease or diabetes. Your dentist can help you determine the source of your bad breath, and refer you as appropriate to another provider if needed.

If you are concerned about bad breath, make an appointment to see your dentist.


Preventing Bad Breath

It is very common for dental patients to be concerned with whether or not they have bad breath. Even for the dental professional, bringing up the topic with a patient is a very sensitive subject. Several factors affect the way a person’s breath smells, and it’s something that everyone wants to be sure that they manage. Bad breath can affect your personal and professional life, not to mention make you feel uncomfortable around other people.

Certain foods can cause bad breath, such as garlic or foods that contain sugar, which feed oral bacteria. Avoiding these foods will prevent odor or excess bacteria that would contribute to bad breath.

Other causes of bad breath include infections in the head and neck. These include sinus infections, allergies, nasal drainage, gingivitis, periodontal disease, decay or abscess, prescription medications and reflux disease. Managing these conditions will help eliminate the bacteria in the mouth or esophagus that causes breath malodor.

The majority of bad breath bacteria are found on the surface of your tongue, so oral hygiene is the primary treatment when it comes to treating and preventing bad breath. It is estimated that up to 90% of the bacteria that cause bad breath reside on the surface of your tongue. You can gently clean your tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers are easy to clean and will amaze you at the amount of bacteria that they remove. Be careful not to be too aggressive with tongue cleaners as you may damage the delicate papilla on your tongue.

Seeing your hygienist regularly for dental cleanings to remove accumulated tartar or plaque deposits also helps you to manage odorous oral bacteria. Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses as these may dry your mouth out further and alter the natural flora of your mouth.


Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath is a sensitive subject, but one that many dental patients are concerned with. This is understandable, as it can affect your friendships and professional commitments. 90% of bad breath odor originates on the tongue. Gently brushing the tongue or using a tongue scraper can remove some of these bacteria. Avoid alcohol or peroxide based mouth-rinses that may dry out the mouth or alter the natural flora. Also refrain from the use of mints or sugar containing gums that can contribute to decay.

While there is not one specific answer to address this concern, there are several common causes:

  • Sinus infections
  • Nasal allergies or drainage
  • Gum disease
  • Dental abscesses
  • Underlying health conditions (i.e. esophageal reflux) or medications
  • Aromatic foods

Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist or hygienist about your breath concerns. They will help run through different scenarios to determine what factors may be contributing to the condition, as well as perform a visual inspection for possible causes. If dental disease conditions exist such as decay, periodontal disease or dental abscesses, these will need to be addressed. Sometimes taking a simple over the counter allergy medication can prevent nasal drainage that often causes malodor. Systemic health conditions like diabetes or GERD need to be properly managed with the care of your primary care physician, as underlying factors can affect the health and future of your teeth and gums, regardless of whether or not they contribute to your bad breath. In some cases even prescription drugs can cause malodor.

In many cases, re-vamped oral hygiene is the best answer. Natural remedies such as the use of probiotics, zinc, Xylitol and chlorine dioxide supplements can also help.

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