Nothing can send you into self-imposed social isolation quite like halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath. You might have a great smile and a warm personality, but if your breath is less than fresh, it can make you feel insecure. Out of courtesy to others, you try to maintain a wide personal space, but this makes for awkward social interaction.
If this sounds like you, it might be time to schedule an appointment at Precise Dental of Houston. Dr. Crouse and our caring team of professionals want to help you get to the bottom of your halitosis and treat it effectively so you can get back to enjoying your social life.
Avoiding social activities or intimacy with your special someone because of embarrassing bad breath is no way to live. Give our office a call today, and let Dr. Crouse give you a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause and how to freshen your breath for good!
Why, Oh Why Is This Happening?!
Before you can solve a problem, you have to first identify the cause. There could be several possible reasons you’re experiencing bad breath, but here are some of the more common:
Health Problems – Sometimes, bad breath can be an indication of more serious underlying health issues or medical conditions such as diabetes or diseases of the liver or kidneys. It could also be caused by an infection of some sort, such as bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, or post nasal drip. Acid reflux has also been known to cause bad breath.
Teeth Problems – Tooth decay, cavities, or even gum disease can not only lead to serious oral health issues if left untreated, but an early indication that you might have all this going on in your mouth is halitosis. You should make sure to schedule routine dental cleanings and exams with Dr. Crouse to help keep these problems at bay. Only a trained professional has the experience and equipment to properly diagnose and treat cavities, decay, or gum disease.
Saliva Problems – It may surprise you to know just how important saliva is to your oral health. Saliva production is your body’s natural way to wash away the food particles, sugars, and acids that lead to things like plaque and tartar buildup. So if you have problems producing enough saliva, dry mouth becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause bad breath. Certain types of medications, or even problems with your salivary glands, could be at the heart of your lack of saliva.
Diet Problems – One of the most obvious causes of halitosis has to do with what you eat and drink. Onions, garlic, coffee, sugary drinks, or alcohol can all be behind your bad breath. You don’t necessarily have to avoid these foods and drinks, but moderation isn’t a bad idea. It’s helpful to brush your teeth and tongue after a meal, and floss before bedtime. If brushing after a meal isn’t a practical option, you should rinse your mouth with water to wash away food particles that can get stuck in between your teeth and wreak havoc on your breath and your mouth.
If you’re able to rule these common causes out on your own, Dr. Crouse can give you a thorough examination and discuss your daily routine to look for any deeper oral health conditions or habits that cause bad breath. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!
Isn’t There ANYTHING You Can Do?
Whether you’re suffering from halitosis or not, it’s important to schedule regular dental checkups with Dr. Crouse and one of our skilled hygienists for professional cleanings and exams. We recommend you visit us at least twice a year, and if we find problems like early stage gum disease, for example, we might need to see you a bit more frequently until the problem is resolved.
We also offer bad breath treatment that can have you back on track to better oral health and the outgoing social life you deserve.