Are you too embarrassed to converse with people too closely because of chronic bad breath? Most people experience foul breath at least once in a while, especially immediately after waking up in the morning. However, when bad breath lingers, then you may have to contend with more than just a bad case of morning breath. Your Southlake dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright, has helped many patients overcome embarrassing, chronic bad breath by addressing whatever’s causing it. By understanding the reasons for your chronic bad breath, or halitosis, you’ll have a greater chance of preventing it from ruining your day.
Why is Your Breath Bad?
Like tooth decay and gum disease, bad breath is often the result of inadequate oral hygiene, which can allow excessive oral bacteria to gather on your teeth, gums, and the surface of your tongue. When saliva production is reduced, such as during sleep, oral bacteria gather in force, some of them releasing volatile sulfur compounds that significantly taint your breath. Typically, brushing and flossing your teeth helps eliminate mouth germs that have accumulated overnight and freshen your breath in the process. However, inadequate oral hygiene can allow oral bacteria to become more formidable than your toothbrush and floss.
Freshen Your Breath
Brushing and flossing your teeth everyday helps keep oral bacteria at a manageable level, and drinking plenty of water can help facilitate a healthy, consistent flow of saliva. To increase the chances of eradicating morning breath, try eating a well-balanced breakfast before brushing your teeth in the morning. Eating can help kick start salivary production after a night of inactivity, improving your chances of washing away the germs when you brush and floss. Dr. Wright can also prescribe a specially formulated mouthrinse to target oral bacteria that cause bad breath and dental diseases.
In some cases, chronic halitosis can indicate a serious oral or systemic health issue, such as gum disease, respiratory illness, chronic acid reflux, and diabetes, among many others. After a thorough examination, Dr. Wright can help you determine the cause of your bad breath and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment.
About Gregory Wright, DDS:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.