Bad breath, also known by the medical term halitosis, can be the result of poor dental hygiene or other serious health problems. Dr. Craig Janssen offers personalized diagnosis and treatment plans for those suffering with bad breath in Green Bay, WI.
Symptoms of Bad Breath
Bad breath can be a potentially embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. However, halitosis can also be easily treated under Dr. Janssen's care.
The main symptom of bad breath is that the breath exhaled from your mouth smells unpleasant. While it is easy to detect bad breath in others, it is difficult or even impossible to smell our own breath. A relative or friend that you trust may be able to help you decide if you have halitosis.
Many times, there are other symptoms that are present with halitosis. Additional symptoms that accompany bad breath can include:
- Dry mouth
- Sores or abscesses in the mouth
- Gums that are swollen or bleeding
Causes of Bad Breath
The causes of bad breath are often simple to treat. The most common causes of halitosis include:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol use
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Sinus infections
- Acid reflux
- Poorly fitting dentures or mouth appliances
Bad breath can also be caused by the types of foods ingested. As foods are broken down and digested in the body, the strong odors (such as onions and garlic) can appear in your breath. More complicated problems associated with halitosis include diabetes, tonsillitis, bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, and liver or kidney problems.
The most important and easily treatable cause for halitosis is poor dental hygiene habits. Dr. Janssen and our team educate patients on proper brushing and flossing techniques to rid the mouth of bacteria and food particles that can cause bad breath.
Regular, consistent dental care – including scheduled appointments with Dr. Janssen – can help patients avoid bad breath in Green Bay, WI. Call our office to schedule your appointment today.