Chronic bad breath is not something that should be taken lightly. Masking it with mints is merely a bandaid solution that does nothing to address the underlying causes of it. These causes can range from health issues of varying severity and poor dental habits through to a lack of sufficient self-care. Treating your bad breath seriously rather than ignoring it not only gives you the opportunity to correct it and feel less self-conscious, but also to identify and rectify other potentially harmful issues. Here are some reasons why it’s important to act on bad breath when you experience it.
A range of medical conditions and health issues can cause bad breath. This includes sleep apnoea, acid reflux, diabetes, tonsil stones, liver failure and other afflictions. Taking certain medications for health problems can also create unpleasant odours when the chemicals they contain break down. A dentist may be able to link your bad breath with an underlying condition, giving you the opportunity to address both in one swoop.
Bad breath is almost inevitable if you fail to maintain good dental habits. Not brushing and flossing twice a day allows tartar and other unpleasant elements to build up in your mouth. This can lead to gum disease where bacteria grows under the gum line and causes unpleasant odours. Infections are also more likely to occur if you don’t follow the instructions your dentist provides in regards to dental care.
If you aren’t taking care of yourself by drinking enough fluids and staying hydrated, a plethora of issues can arise. One symptom of dehydration is that your body stops producing enough saliva to keep your mouth lubricated and clean out bacteria. A dry mouth and bad breath should be interpreted as a warning that you need to drink more fluids.
At East Bentleigh Dental Group, we can assess your bad breath and help determine its cause. Contact our friendly and caring team today for more information and further assistance. You can also arrange a consultation and make an appointment at our East Bentleigh clinic.