Bad breath is a common affliction with many people. When it advances or doesn't
go away, it becomes known as chronic halitosis.
Bad breath is caused by decaying particles of food and bacteria that pass into your
bloodstream and to the lungs, where odor is emitted from breathing.
While people spend lots of money on products that treat the symptoms of bad breath,
they often neglect to take steps to address the root causes of bad breath-such as
bacteria, and decaying food particles remaining in spaces between the teeth, on
the gums and on the tongue. In many cases, good daily oral hygiene, including
flossing and rinsing, can keep bad breath in check. This also applies to denture-wearers.
Other conditions, such as gum disease, can cause persistent bad breath. Under normal
conditions, your saliva acts to cleanse your mouth of the particles that can decay
and later cause bad breath. People with a condition known as dry mouth, in which
saliva production is diminished, can sometimes suffer from bad breath. Of course,
if you eat certain kinds of food (like garlic and onions), take certain kinds of
medications, or smoke cigarettes or cigars, you may also experience symptoms of
In some cases, persistent bad breath may be a sign that you have a more serious
health problem, including a gastrointestinal, respiratory or sinus problem.
In most cases, over-the-counter mouthwashes and rinses will temporarily freshen
breath, but only mask the root cause. The American Dental Association acknowledges
the effectiveness of some anti-microbial mouth rinses that are shown to reduce plaque
Good oral health habits can contribute to reducing and eliminating
halitosis: brushing and flossing daily as well as regular professional cleanings
performed by our dentist in Encino adj.
For more information about bad breath or to answer any questions or concerns,
please see our dentist in Encino today or
call us at (818) 708-3828.