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.
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.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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