Halitosis, or “bad breath” is a common, but embarrassing condition that often has a dental cause. A thorough examination can help determine the cause and rule out a more serious condition.
Unfortunately, those around us are often aware of it before we are since it is difficult to smell your own breath. If it is not too uncomfortable, you could ask a close friend or family member for their opinion. To test your own breath, try licking the back of your wrist and scraping the back of your tongue with a spoon. Let the saliva on your wrist and the spoon dry for a few seconds, and then smell them. Smelling the spoon and the back of your wrist will give you a good idea what your breath smells like to everyone else.
There are a variety of dental and non-dental causes. Everyone suffers from transient or temporary bad breath at some point in their life, due to factors like smelly foods, hunger, dry mouth and poor dental hygiene. Chronic bad breath is often a dental hygiene issue, but it could be a sign of a serious dental problem or non-dental medical condition.
The biggest dental cause is bacteria on the tongue or trapped between the teeth and gums. Often we can help you reduce or eliminate this kind of bad breath. In any event, visit us at Spyros A. Koutsioukis, D.M.D. so we can recommend treatment and rule out any more serious medical issues.
Many cases it can be relieved by proper flossing and brushing, at least twice a day, especially after meals. Cleaning your tongue with a brush or tongue scraper will also help alleviate the odor in many cases. Make sure to drink plenty of water, as dry mouth is often a cause. There are many over-the-counter products available, from toothpastes to antibacterial mouthwashes. We can help you determine which products would be best for your circumstances.
Dr. Koutsioukis will start by giving you a thorough examination to see if there are signs of tooth decay or gum disease that are contributing to the bad breath. A thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums, combined with proper brushing and flossing may reduce or eliminate the problem. He may recommend the use of special mouthwashes designed to control the bacteria that cause it. A dental examination is also important to rule out more serious causes.
Dr. Spyros A. Koutsioukis, helping to address dental problems such as bad breath (halitosis) to provide healthy beautiful smiles to dental patients in Greenville, Mauldin, Simpsonville, South Carolina and the surrounding communities.