Bad Breath? Is It Something Serious? - Part 2

Friday, May 29, 2015
In our last blog we talked about bad breath some of the common causes and why it is so important to floss your teeth.  In our continued discussion on bad breath, we take a look at more serious oral heath conditions that could be causing it.

Are you experiencing chronic bad breath that doesn’t seem to improve despite a consistent oral hygiene routine?  Sometimes bad breath can be a sign of a more serious issue.
Listed are some serious oral health conditions associated with bad breath to include:
  • Throat problems such as strep throat
  • Gum disease
  • Dental Cavities
  • Throat or oral cancer.
  • Tonsils that contain trapped food particles.
  • A root canal that is infected

  Bad breath can also be a symptom of a variety of serious non-oral health problems including:

The Importance of Habit

Research supports a link between the lack of flossing and bad breath, among other poor oral hygiene behaviors.  Never  using dental floss was significantly associated with reports of bad breath, as was infrequent tooth brushing, being or having been a smoker conducted in a study of more than 1,000 adults Kuwait.

To help prevent bad breath your oral care routine should include not only daily flossing, but also brushing the teeth, tongue, gums and roof of your mouth twice each day. Using a mouthwash can provide short-term relief for bad breath.  But keep in mind, mouthwash should be used in addition to brushing and flossing, not as a substitute.

If you are suffering from bad breath talk to your dentist and doctor.  At Lechner Dental Group we can further evaluate your situation and help identify any issues.  Call our Delaware, OH office at 740-363-8240 or click here to request and appointment.

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