Bad breath (known as halitosis in the dental field) can happen to anyone. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be an ongoing source of embarrassment, however! Your expert Bloomington, Edina, and Minneapolis dentist Timothy Isaacson can help. Below you will find a list of common causes for this disconcerting problem:
Diet. What you eat affects your breath. Limit pungent smelling foods like onions and garlic if you are concerned about bad breath.
Improper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing that are inadequate or infrequent can cause a buildup of plaque bacteria leading to unpleasant odors. Prolonged poor hygiene can cause difficult to resolve periodontal disease which adversely affects more than just your breath. For tips on proper home care of your teeth and gums, we encourage you to contact friendly Bloomington and Minneapolis dentist, Dr. Isaacson!
Tobacco use. Better breath is just one more reason to kick the habit!
Rarely, bad breath can be a sign of a more serious medical condition. This is why consulting your dentist if you are concerned with bad breath is so important. If Dr. Isaacson suspects that further evaluation of the condition is needed, referral to a specialist can be arranged.
Be sure to check back regularly to be updated on dental topics of note, and as always, contact Point Family Dentistry to have your dental questions answered by your highly-trained Edina, Bloomington and Minneapolis dentist! We would love to hear from you.