Posted on 6/2/2017 by Michael Mettler
|People who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. There are several possible causes, some of which are often overlooked:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Digestive problems
- Systemic infection
- Bacteria on dentures
- Gum disease
- Food particles on tonsils
- Dry mouth
At Enhanced Dental Care, Dr. Jonathan Gantz and our team can help you with this unpleasant problem. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck – this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our Walla Walla office before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full two minutes two to three times per day and floss each night before you climb into bed.
People who have no idea how long they brush for can set a timer to ensure they get a good two minutes in (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, make sure to scrub your tongue! It is shocking how much gunk will build up on your tongue each day. Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to remove the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy. Without flossing you miss a HUGE chuck of your teeth.
Some extra-careful Enhanced Dental Care patients brush after each meal to prevent bacteria-causing food particles from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.
Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Enhanced Dental Care. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, Dr. Gantz will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.
Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is caused by a non-dental problem, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.
In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of cosmetic dental services including restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers, and laser dentistry. Call us at 509-525-9111 today!