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Halitosis and Bad Breath

What is Halitosis or Bad Breath?

Halitosis can be caused by certain foods.

Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is a persistent condition in which the odors of the breath are consistently foul in fragrance. It is a common dental problem that many Americans cope with every day. When compared to bad breath, Halitosis is a chronic problem that consistently reoccurs and cannot be quickly fixed with the use of mouthwash, mints, or gum. Persistent bad breath may be a sign of more serious dental or medical issues and should be brought up at your next visit to your dentist.

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Causes of Halitosis

Smokine & Tobacco cause Halitosis.

If quick remedies are not curing your bad breath, then there might be a more serious underlying cause of your Halitosis. Chronic bad breath is caused by a number of different issues including:

  • Lodged Food Particles: Food particles can become lodged between teeth aiding in bacterial growth and potentially leading to bad breath. Most bad breath caused by food particles is not long lasting and is not considered to be Halitosis, but certain foods such as Garlic, onions, fish, and certain spices can leave a potent smelling bad breath in your mouth for short periods of time.
  • Dental Issues/Bad Dental Hygiene: Poor care for your teeth can cause cavities and gum disease which give Halitosis causing bacteria more places to hide in your mouth. Plaque that is attached to the surfaces of your teeth and tongue can cause all sorts of foul smells in your mouth. Proper, daily maintenance of teeth and gums can help prevent chronic bad breath from ever taking hold.
  • Dry Mouth: Saliva works miracles when it comes to preventing bad breath with how it clears away food particles,  helps break down certain foods, and helps to prevent the formation of cavities and gum disease. Those who suffer from Xerostomia, or dry mouth syndrome, are at higher risk for chronic bad breath because of the lack of saliva present in the mouth. “Morning breath” may occur naturally when the mouth is dried out during sleep or from breathing from the mouth.
  • Tobacco Products: Smoking or chewing tobacco products directly cause bad breath with the chemicals that they leave behind in your mouth. The use of tobacco products can also indirectly cause Halitosis by aiding in the onset of periodontal disease, dry mouth, and oral cancers. The chemicals in tobacco will give you bad breath, it’s just a matter of when.
  • Infections: Infections in the mouth, nose, and throat can lead to bad breath. Infections can cause excess amount of postnasal drip or mucus buildup which can lead to bad breath and Halitosis. Allergies are another common cause of postnasal drip that can lead to bad breath in many individuals.
  • Medical Issues: If your dental hygiene is in good order, but you still can’t seem to rid yourself of bad breath, then a more serious underlying issue could be causing your bad breath. Certain metabolic disorders, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), diabetes, tonsil stones, and kidney & liver diseases can all cause bad breath. If you believe a medical issue is the cause of your bad breath, then contact your doctor for help.
  • Medications: Diuretics and antihistamines have a history of causing dry mouth which can lead to bad breath or halitosis. Other medications are broken down inside the body and release chemicals that can make your breath smell bad.
  • Other Causes: Alcoholism and ingesting large amounts of supplemental vitamins can both cause Halitosis.

Treatments of Halitosis

Mint can stop bad breath.

The best line of defense against Halitosis is a plan of prevention through the daily upkeep of your oral hygiene routine. This should involve brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride based toothpaste and a daily flossing session.

Steer away from bad breath by avoiding:

  • Dehydration: Staying hydrated goes a long way in terms of preventing bad breath with the proper flow of saliva.
  • Alcohol or Tobacco Consumption: Consuming tobacco and alcohol products can give you dry mouth and lead to bad breath. Your breath can give off a bad odor for up to 10 hours after consuming these products so it is best to avoid their consumption altogether if you are worried about bad breath.
  • Breath Mints & Sugary Gum: Even though they help to fight against bad breath in the short term, gum and breath mint products are typically filled to the brim with sugar. These products will actually cause more damage over time by covering your teeth with sugar which can cause bad breath and Halitosis.

Get Fresh Breath Today

If you’re suffering from chronic bad breath known as Halitosis, then get professional help from an experienced dentist today. At Carson & Carson, DDS, we have helped patients freshen their breath since 1970 and have over 45 years of experience treating the underlying causes of Halitosis with our affordable dental services. We offices located in both Oxnard and Camarillo, California and have helped thousands of patients restore confidence in their smile with fresh smelling breath over the years. Give us a call today (805) 983-0717 or schedule an appointment online using our contact button below.

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Lamont Yvon
Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Casandra Sorenson
Casandra Sorenson
23:05 08 May 18
A dentist that truly understands how much the whole dental trip petrifies me - and helps me overcome it. For the first time, and certainly not the last, he used nitros oxide and I can honestly say I can look at future visits without abject terror. No more waiting until the tooth needs pulled! I may even get my teeth cleaned.
Laura Lassiter
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!
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Ivon valdez
18:13 18 Mar 18
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Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia
15:26 27 Jan 18
Fun, friendly staff, that makes you feel comfortable immediately and accommodating...excellent work, i highly recommend'em.
Max Patrick
Max Patrick
19:31 19 Feb 19
This dental office is beyond professional. A landmark of our city, to say the least. Dr. Carson has been serving our community for quite some time, with true care and concern for his patients. If you want a true dental experience, then I would highly advise you to make an appointment with them 🙂
Lucia Vieira
Lucia Vieira
15:18 16 Mar 17
Dr. Derek, you have a hand and a heart of gold. That spirit of help that you have is praiseworthy. I'm amazed at all the treatment you've done and I feel no pain after, not even the pain of the anesthesia sting, I say with propriety because I am very sensitive to pain. Congratulations on your work that loves what you do so you have been successful, not counting on your last generation machine that I do not know how to explain. Much gratitude, you're the best.
Keila Carson
Keila Carson
04:44 24 Apr 19
Today I had a procedure wisdoms teeth extracted with Dr Derek Carson. All staff it was the kindest people ever they stayed room and for the all time asking how I was feeling. The Dr was absolutely amazing! I had several shots and no leave one I feel it and about the extraction when I was thinking he will start it he ready did the extraction out me feeling any pain absolutely any discomfort. I had rest of my day as a normal day and not swallowing.I really want to thank you Dr Derek Carson to be an amazing Dentist so gentle and very professional with absolutely confidentiality.I highly recommended this office if you need to visit just for your regular cleaning or any procedure. Thank you very much!
Yazmine Givens
Yazmine Givens
23:15 14 May 19
All of the ladies that work here are extremely nice, and they show that they care. The orthodontist is amazing, and helped along the way of my road w/ braces.
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
06:25 04 Jun 19
Both doctors, father and son (Dr. Leroy and Dr. Derek), are the best of the best. I have been to different dentists due to change on my insurance coverage, but i keep coming back to Carson and Carson (even if it means paying out of pocket) because they take care of the issues others can not or are not willing to. Furthermore, the staff is truly amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. I am in good hands, my family's hands.
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
06:57 04 Jun 19
Both doctors, father and son (Dr. Leroy and Dr. Derek), are the best of the best. I have been to different dentists due to change on my insurance coverage, but i keep coming back to Carson and Carson (even if it means paying out of pocket,) because they take care of the issues others can not or are not willing to. To be honest, their fees are actually low and their work far superior compared to other dentists. Furthermore, the staff is truly amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. I am in good hands, my family's hands.
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