Patients with bad breath or halitosis in the Columbia, South Carolina area are often experiencing one or more symptoms of gum disease, although other reasons may be the cause. If bad breath is a problem for you or someone you know, Dr. Jeanette Wingate and Dr. Bryan Wingate can find out why and provide an effective solution.
Common Culprits of Bad Breath:
Gum Disease: Poor oral hygiene can cause an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth, which can become trapped under the gum line or between teeth and cause unpleasant odors. Oral infections that go untreated will often lead to gum disease and the eventual breakdown of healthy tissue, bone, and even tooth loss.
Food and Tobacco: Regular use of tobacco products, which are unhealthy for the entire body, and consuming certain foods can make your breath smell. Garlic, onions, spices, cheese, and other foods, when eaten regularly, will linger on the breath. Mouthwash, toothpaste, and mints might mask the odor for a short time but the smell will not completely go away until the body metabolizes the food.
Health Problems: If you notice that your mouth is often dry, this could be causing bad breath. Tooth decay and yeast infections in the mouth can also cause odor as could diseases in other areas of the body, such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, digestive system, and sinuses.
Bad breath that lingers is most often a sign of gum disease, which can be treated with a variety of effective, gentle procedures. Call us today so we can determine exactly why you have halitosis and then do something about it.
What You Can Do About It
• Brush, floss, and scrape your tongue to remove bacteria after meals and visit our office for routine exams and cleanings. If gum disease is the reason, we can treat it!
• Quite smoking or chewing tobacco.
• Drink plenty of fresh water to keep the mouth and body hydrated.
• Maintain a food diary to see if diet is playing a role.
• Visit your physician to see if any health problems may be causing bad breath.
Patients with bad breath or halitosis in the Columbia, South Carolina area do not have to live with it anymore. Call Dr. Jeanette Wingate and Dr. Bryan Wingate today to determine what is causing the problem so that we can find a solution.