It is an unenviable experience to be told you have bad breath on a date. However, there are larger health concerns linked to bad breath with longer lasting effects than an embarrassing date night. An extended period of bad breath (also known as halitosis) might be a sign of a serious underlying dental problem. According to Dr. Ryan of North Creek Dental Care, maintaining regular examinations and cleaning appointments with our team helps ensure that growing oral health concerns are diagnosed and treated before they grow.
Cavities (tooth decay) and deep pockets as a result of gum diseases provide a safe haven for the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. These areas are often hard to reach while you brush, leading to bacteria build up that produces an offensive smell.
Symptoms of Systemic Conditions
According to the International Journal of Oral Science (2012), not all bad breath originates from oral health issues, but only 9% of cases originate outside the mouth cavity. Subsequently, they are usually a sign of an underlying oral hygiene concern, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and dry mouth. Other more serious health issues that have bad breath as a symptom include ENT infections and gastrointestinal disorders.
It is important to have the causes of your halitosis determined and treated by your North Creek Dental Care team, before they have a chance to worsen. Give Dr. Ryan a call today to schedule your next examination and cleaning–before your next important date night!