Today’s post focuses on a problem experienced by many people, bad breath in Shavano Park. Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene. Often, halitosis arises midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food fragments on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the undesirable odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.
While poor oral hygiene is the most prevalent cause of bad breath in Shavano Park, many circumstances can contribute to or worsen the issue. The best remedy is consistent, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be necessary depending on the cause.
For example, a salivary gland issue or certain medications can cause dry mouth which can lead to bad breath in Shavano Park. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odorous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.
The very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.
If you don’t have a regular dentist or are not satisfied with your current one, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in San Antonio. Dr. Stewart has been serving patients in the San Antonio area since 1981. The patient-centered and detail oriented team of dental professionals at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and root canals.