Common Questions About Bad Breath in Cerritos

Do you suffer from halitosis (bad breath)? If so, you aren’t alone. Many people suffer from this embarrassing condition. The causes vary but it’s often caused by poor oral hygiene or other dental issues. Our Cerritos office gets a lot of questions about bad breath, so we put together this short guide to help you better understand the issue.

If you have a question that’s not answered below, please call our office and our staff will be happy to assist you.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Halitosis arises from many different causes. Some are temporary and some can be eliminated by simple lifestyle changes. Others are more serious and require dental or medical treatment.

Gum Disease/Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor oral hygiene is the cause of many cases of bad breath. The food you eat is broken down by bacteria in your mouth. If this bacteria is allowed to build up in your mouth and on your teeth and gums, the result is bad breath. It can also eventually turn into gum disease, a serious dental problem that can result in tooth loss and even serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease.

Illnesses and Medical Conditions

Bad breath can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition or illness. Some of these are minor, such as a dry mouth or seasonal allergies, and are easy to treat. But it can also be a sign of a serious problem such as pneumonia, chronic sinus infections, gastrointestinal disease, chronic acid reflux, liver disease, kidney disorders, and even diabetes.

Some Foods

Certain foods cause you to produce bad breath during the digestion process. These include garlic, onions, some spices, alcohol, and sodas. This is a side effect of the digestive process and can’t be eliminated except by removing these foods from your diet. The effects are temporary and will go away after you finish digesting the food. 

If you want to continue eating these foods, you can cover up the resulting bad breath with mouthwash or breath mints. 

Tobacco Products

Tobacco products produce bad breath in their own right and also make you more prone to gum disease. The best solution for this issue is to quit using them. Our providers will be happy to help you if you’re interested in this option.

How Do I Treat Bad Breath?

Treating bad breath is dependent on the underlying cause or causes. If your halitosis is caused by diet or lifestyle issues such as smoking, changing those factors will quickly eliminate it. Step up your oral hygiene routine and begin using antiseptic mouthwash if you don’t already do so. This will eliminate many causes.

If your bad breath persists or worsens despite your best efforts, it’s a sign that something deeper might be going on.

When Should I See My Dentist About Bad Breath?

If you have chronic bad breath that doesn’t seem to have a readily identifiable cause, such as eating too much garlic daily, and you haven’t been able to eliminate it on your own, it’s time to come into our Cerritos office for a visit. We will evaluate you to determine if there’s a dental issue underlying your halitosis.

If we identify such an issue, we’ll come up with a treatment plan. If we don’t find any dental problems, however, we’ll refer you to your primary care doctor for a medical screening. It’s important that you follow up with your doctor if we refer you. Halitosis without an identifiable lifestyle or dental problem is often a symptom of a serious medical condition.

How Can I Prevent Bad Breath?

Because so many cases of bad breath are caused by poor oral hygiene and gum disease, the best method of prevention is to take care of your teeth. That means you should brush twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. If you are prone to bad breath, you should also add in an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice per day.

Be certain to see your provider here at Dentist of Cerritos twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams. This will let us catch developing problems before they become serious.

Aside from practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist, the best thing you can do is watch your diet and lifestyle habits. Avoid or limit foods that result in bad breath. Drink lots of water and eat more fruits and vegetables. Limit the amount of sugar you consume. Don’t drink too much alcohol and avoid using tobacco products. Stop the latter if you already use them regularly. 

How Much Does It Cost to Treat Bad Breath?

The cost of treating bad breath varies greatly depending on the cause. If your bad breath is due to certain foods or lifestyle issues, it may not cost you anything to treat it. You simply need to adjust your diet or lifestyle. In fact, if your halitosis is caused by using tobacco products, stopping their use will save you money!

If your bad breath is caused by a medical or dental issue, however, the cost will vary depending on what treatment is necessary and how much your insurance will cover. Medical issues will be referred to your primary care doctor. Dental issues, such as gum disease, we can treat here in the Cerritos office.

When you come to see us for a consultation, we will also give you a breakdown of the cost to treat your bad breath and how much you will have to pay yourself versus what insurance will cover. We offer payment plans and financing options if you need them.

Do You Want a Better Smile?

Dentist of Cerritos is your full-service dental provider for the Cerritos area. We can take care of the entire family, from children to senior citizens. We offer a full range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry service and we also perform orthodontic work. In addition, we offer flexible appointment times to help fit your dental care into your busy life. 

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