Have you ever had bad breath that just kept going? After you’ve brushed? After you’ve used mouthwash? You might have halitosis, and that can have a variety of causes. One of those causes could be dental issues. Our professionals at Richmond West Dental in Toronto can help make sure that dental issues are not the cause. And if they are, Richmond West Dental is ready to help remove the cause, so you can be at ease about the way you smell and the way you smile.
What Are the Causes of Halitosis?
Halitosis can be a sign that you have a more serious, ongoing issue with your health. There are many causes that can be doing this, both internal and external. Here, we have a list of factors that could be contributing to it, and it can help you identify the cause. As always, it’s best to consult your dentist to ensure that there are no contributing dental issues.
Cavities and gum disease can all cause halitosis. These can happen from that extra bacteria building up where it’s hard to brush and clean. That is why it is always important to both floss and brush every night, cleaning those hard to reach spots.
When your saliva dries up, whether from sleeping with your mouth open, or you’re not producing enough saliva, it can give bacteria free reign to build up. That is because saliva is a crucial part of your mouth’s natural defenses as well as one of the initial means of food breakdown.
Tobacco products are known for their ways of messing with your body, your lungs, and your gums. They are also notorious for how they affect your breath. Another side effect of tobacco products, particularly smoking, is that they can dry your mouth out.
Infections of the Nose, Throat, and Mouth
When there is an infection going on in the mouth, the nose, or the throat, there may be an increased generation of mucus as your body is fighting the infection off. But that mucus can sometimes feed the very bacteria that’s causing the bad breath.
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The best way to determine the cause of your halitosis would be the consult your dentist. At Richmond West Dental in Toronto, our professional dentists will be more than happy to make sure that your dental health is in top shape and is not the cause of your halitosis. If it is a dental issue, our dentists will be able to provide advice and treatment options.