What Does It Mean If I Have Bad Breath That I Can’t Control?

  • Posted on: Sep 15 2019
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Preventative DentistryBad breath affects everyone at some point in their lives. Known as halitosis or “fetor oris,” this odor can be very off-putting to others when patients are in a social situation. However, it may also be the sign of an underlying dental health problem. While the occasional case of bad breath may be a result of the consumption of certain foods, such as garlics or onions, or even an indication of nasal drainage, it may also be caused by poor oral hygiene and conditions such as periodontal disease.

What are the symptoms of bad breath odors?

The primary symptom of bad breath is an odor that may be mild or extremely foul. It may be caught by others during a conversation. In addition, patients who have halitosis may also complain of a bad taste in their mouth, or may be dealing with dry mouth which can contribute to the problem. If halitosis is caused by trapped food particles in the teeth, it may persist even after brushing the teeth and using specialized mouthwashes.

What can cause bad breath?

Most situations where bad breath becomes a chronic problem can be addressed quickly and easily with the help of our dental professionals at Clarendon Dental Arts. Dr. Danine Fresch Gray may speak to patients about the following issues that may be contributors:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Certain foods and beverages
  • Smoking of cigarettes
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Dry mouth conditions
  • Sinus infections / postnasal drainage
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal reflex disorder)

How can I address my bad breath?

In some situations, such as the consumption of certain foods and beverages or smoking, the elimination of these habits or items can greatly improve one’s breath. In the case of periodontal disease or trapped food particles, a dentist can assist in addressing the problem and bringing the smile back to health with the cooperation of the patient. If traditional treatments for bad breath odor are unhelpful, patients may be asked to visit their primary care physician to determine if the problem is not caused by oral conditions but rather an underlying medical problem that requires alternative treatment.

Schedule your visit today with Dr. Danine Fresch Gray

At Clarendon Dental Arts, patients have access to the care they require to keep their smile healthy and to avoid problems such as bad breath and periodontal disease. Patients who reside in the area of Arlington, VA are welcome to book a consultation visit with our team to discuss an effective treatment plan. Call (703) 525-5901 today to schedule an appointment at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard.

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