Bad breath is a common dental health concern that can cause significant embarrassment. Often times bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene, or by potent foods such as garlic or onions. If a good tooth brush and flossing eradicate bad breath, you most likely have nothing to worry about.
If you experience chronic halitosis, the cause may be an underlying oral health concern. Bad breath is often a result of a bacteria byproduct that is present when patients are experiencing tooth decay, gum disease, and other health conditions. Chronic halitosis can also be caused by dry mouth. Routine oral health exams can help Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh diagnose developing oral health concerns as soon as possible for a chance of effective and conservative treatment. If your bad breath is the result of a medical condition, we can work with you to improve comfort and avoid oral health complications.
Causes of Halitosis
A thorough dental exam can determine the cause of bad breath if it is being caused by an oral health concern. There are systemic health concerns that may also cause bad breath such as acid reflux, or GERD. If your teeth and gums appear to be in good health, Dr. Sarkarzadeh may refer you to your general physician for further examination. Common oral health issues that cause bad breath are:
- Gum Disease- Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums. Over time, bacteria multiplies and spreads forming deep pockets on the inside of the gums. Gum disease is a common cause of gum recession, tooth loss, bone deterioration, and even systemic health concerns. Chronic bad breath is a common side effect of gum disease. Bacteria leave behind an acidic byproduct that produces a pungent smell. Dr. Sarkarzadeh and Dr. Farzin offer comprehensive periodontal therapy to help patients eradicate gum disease causing oral bacteria. The best way to prevent gum disease is with good oral health routines, regular visits to the dentist and a healthy diet.
- Dry Mouth- Dry mouth is the result of low saliva production. Dehydration, certain medications, and medical conditions can all cause dry mouth. Saliva is the body’s natural defense against bacteria build up. Saliva is necessary to keep oral bacteria in check. Dry mouth commonly leads to tooth decay, which can also cause halitosis.
- Dental Cavities- Tooth decay can cause a lingering metallic taste and smell in your mouth. The bacteria that causes tooth decay creates a potent smelling by-product, causing halitosis. If you feel tenderness or sensitivity in a tooth and have a persistent odor, be sure to schedule an appointment with Congressional Dental Care in Rockville, MD. Early diagnosis and treatment of tooth decay can prevent the need for more complex dental treatments such as root canal or tooth extraction.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, contact our Rockville, MD dentist office, or request an appointment online. Our dental health care team will help you determine how to best freshen your breath and restore your oral health. We welcome new patients of all ages from Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Aspen Hill, Rollins Park and surrounding communities.