Bad breath has a medical term known as halitosis. It can be a result of not brushing or flushing regularly, but it can also be a result of other oral health problems. Along with sore gums, bad breath is one of a number of gum disease symptoms. If brushing and flossing regularly does not solve your bad breath problems, you may need to see Dr. Kenneth Peavy in Winston-Salem, NC for treatment. Our practice offers a variety of treatments that can restore your oral health and give you more confidence by eliminating such an embarrassing symptom.
Temporary bad breath can be caused by foods that you eat. If you regularly enjoy foods with strong odors like garlic, onions, cheese, fish, or spicy foods, they may be the culprit. While brushing, flossing, or using mouthwash after eating foods with strong odors temper bad breath, it will not go away completely until they have completely passed through your system.
Poor oral hygiene can certainly cause bad breath, as it allows bacteria to grow in your mouth unchecked. For most people, bad breath is a result of not keeping up with a good daily oral hygiene routine. Smoking and using tobacco products can also cause bad breath.
Bad breath is one of many gum disease symptoms including sore gums, gum recession, and loose teeth. The bacteria that build in your mouth when there is gum disease present create toxins that can eventually breakdown your gum tissue and cause bone loss. A living, growing infection in your mouth will often cause very noticeable bad breath.
Your bad breath may also be caused by yeast infections of the mouth, poorly fitting dental appliances, dry mouth, chronic sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.
One of the most common causes of no dental related halitosis is
constipation. Constipation is a
condition that occurs when the food transit time has slowed down so much that
and food that is eaten isn’t processed and digested before it begins to
putrefy. (Putrification means the anaerobic decomposition
of organic matter
by bacteria and
fungi that results in obnoxiously odorous products;
rotting.) If the production of gas occurs above the food
blockage, the result is acid reflux and a bad odor that doesn’t go away with
brushing and other oral hygiene methods.
Acid reflux can also damage the teeth due to the high acidity. Abdominal
pain, diarrhea, and flatulence are all symptoms that occur when the gaseous
production occurs below the food blockage.
Read the book, Cure Constipation Now! Dr. Wes Jones, to learn more about how to
recognize and beat this serious health issue.
Take the quick test to see if you are constipated:
#1: Do you have at least two bowel movements per
day where the “product” is about 10 inches?
#2: The “product” should not have an unpleasant
#3: The delivery of the “product” needs to be
If you can’t answer yes to all three, then you are
If your bad breath is making you self-conscious or other attempts to eliminate it have not worked, call Dr. Peavy in Winston-Salem, NC today. We will evaluate and address your bad breath problems, as well as any other gum disease symptoms such as sore gums, gum recession, or loose teeth and restore your confidence in your smile.