Halitosis & Oral Health

Bad breath can cause embarrassment especially if you do not notice it until someone else points it out. What many people do not know is that your bad breath may be a sign of a more advanced oral health concern. Annapolis, MD dentist Dr. Vernon Sheen stresses the importance of addressing any changes in your oral health, including chronic halitosis, as soon as possible for conservative and effective treatment and to prevent further damage to your oral health.

If a thorough brushing and flossing can eradicate your bad breath, you most likely have nothing to worry about. Bad breath can be caused by eating certain foods such as garlic or onions or could be caused by sleeping with your mouth open. This occasional halitosis should disappear after your regular oral hygiene routine. With a thorough and consistent oral hygiene routine, and regular professional dental cleanings, this type of bad breath will likely not cause any additional damage to your teeth or gums.

Halitosis & The Oral Body Connection

If you are experiencing chronic halitosis that persists even with your regular oral hygiene routine, it may be a symptom of another medical condition. Oral health and systemic health are directly correlated. Health concerns effecting one may cause secondary conditions. Halitosis could be an indicator that you have liver or kidney conditions, gastrointestinal problems, sinus infections, or acid reflux. If Dr. Sheen rules out oral health conditions as the cause of your halitosis he may refer you to your general physician. Noticing a shift in your normal oral health could be a signifier that you have developed another health concern and you should seek help as soon as possible.

However, many cases of halitosis are caused by an oral health concern. Tooth cavities, gum disease, and dry mouth could all cause chronically bad breath. Biannual dental visits can help keep your oral health in check. Early diagnosis of any dental health concern helps Dr. Sheen provide conservative and effective treatment without the need for advanced procedures such as a root canal or tooth extraction.

Schedule A Consultation

Schedule your yearly dental appointments with our Annapolis, MD dentist office. Dr. Sheen provides a full range of cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry for optimal oral health. Regular wellness visits to the dentist office allow for early diagnosis for conservative dental care. Contact our Annapolis dentist office to schedule your appointment.