Persistent, or chronic, bad breath affects up to 25% of the population. It’s been around for a long time too. Sometimes called halitosis, records of bad breath date back to 1550 BCE.
What’s causing your bad breath?
Everyone has nasty smelling breath at some time or another. Eating food like garlic or onions can cause bad breath. When you sleep, your mouth is usually closed, limiting the amount of oxygen that gets in, and causing “morning breath”. Drinking alcohol can sour your breath. These episodes, however, are minor. With a little time and toothpaste the smell will go away.
On the other hand, chronic bad breath is a bit more serious. Often caused by bacteria, it’s a clue that something might not be alright. Dental problems that can cause bad breath are poor dental hygiene, cavities, gum disease, and broken dental fillings. Medical problems that can cause it are diabetes, liver disease, respiratory tract infections, chronic bronchitis, acid reflux, or post nasal drip. Whether your chronic bad breath is caused by a dental or medical problem, it’s important to treat it quickly to protect your overall health.
You can rule out medical issues by visiting your doctor. To investigate the dental angle, you’ll need a qualified, professional dental team like Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos.
The good news? Your bad breath is curable
Fortunately, your bad breath can be treated. If your dental hygiene habits are the cause of your bad breath, the treatment is quite simple. Beginning a regular brushing, flossing and dental check-up routine with Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos should resolve your problem quickly. Try over-the-counter mouthwash for temporary relief.
Cavities and broken or cracked fillings
These can be addressed by San Jose/Los Gatos’ Top Down Dental. Dr. Nancy Nehawandian, an experienced practitioner of general dentistry, will examine your teeth to determine if your cavities or fillings are an issue. If they are, she’ll schedule a visit to correct the problem.
This more serious infection is caused by bacteria buildup along your gum-line. It can be treated by Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos by Dr. Nancy Nehawandian who will gently use a periodontal probe to measure the pockets between your teeth and gums. If they are deep, she’ll recommend a treatment depending on the severity of your condition.
It’s time to get rid of your chronic bad breath once and for all
A visit to Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos is a great place to start your investigation into the cause of your bad breath. Regardless of the problem, Dr. Nehawandian has the expertise to start you on the road to better health, and better smelling breath. To find treatment for your bad breath, contact our office today by calling (408) 354-5600 or using our online form.