It’s a situation most of us can relate to: you really enjoy the company of a loved one and you want to be close to them, but their bad breath has got you keeping your distance. Halitosis, commonly referred to as bad breath, could also be a sign of a serious oral health concern, according to Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Mouth sores, gum disease, and tooth decay could be the reason you have halitosis. Bad breath is an even more serious sign if it is occurring after an oral surgery like tooth removal, because you may have surgical wounds not healing correctly. Any prolonged bad breath or sudden turn for the worse may be the sign of serious tooth decay, an impacted tooth, or even gastrointestinal disorders.
Brushing and Flossing Correctly
An inconsistent oral hygiene routine means that bacteria will grow and feed on remaining food particles, causing halitosis. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily, and placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums while gently moving it back and forth. Flossing should also be done softly but intensively. If you are notice that you have prolonged bad breath, schedule your next cleaning and examination with Dr. Spieler so he and his Bala Cynwyd team can ensure that your smile and your breath are at their healthiest.