Is Your Bad Breath A Warning?

Family FIrst Bad Breath

Bad breath – we’ve all been there, right? But did you know that your unpleasant breath could be trying to tell you something about your oral health? In today’s blog, your team of dental experts at Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, discusses three major sources of bad breath and why it’s important to address them promptly.

Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones are small, hard, yellowish-white or greyish formations that can develop in the crevices of the tonsils, which are located at the back of the throat. These stones are made up of a combination of bacteria, dead cells, and debris such as food particles and mucus that get trapped and calcify over time.

Tonsil stones can often go until they cause symptoms such as bad breath, a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, or the sensation of having something stuck in the back of the throat. We do know that poor hygiene practices can induce the formation of these stinky formations so maintaining a consistent oral care routine and six-month professional cleanings is strongly advised.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. This condition creates an environment where aggressive bacteria can thrive and multiply. These bacteria release volatile sulfur compounds as they feed on food particles, and they have a foul odor! As periodontal disease progresses, it can lead to the formation of gum pockets which are an ideal environment for bacteria to accumulate and release more sulfur-smelling compounds.

It is important to address periodontal disease promptly through professional treatment, such as deep cleaning, to remove bacterial accumulations and help restore gum health. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, is crucial to preventing and managing periodontal disease and its associated bad breath.

Digestive Issues

Digestive issues can contribute to bad breath in several ways. Addressing the underlying problems is crucial to managing foul odors. This may involve dietary changes, such as reducing intake of sulfur-rich foods, managing GERD or acid reflux through lifestyle modifications or medications, treating constipation, or promoting healthy digestion through proper hydration and a balanced diet.

If the problem persists, many digestive issues can also contribute to tooth decay so prompt treatment is recommended and we can help refer you to trusted specialists.

Schedule A Check-Up Today

Let us help address your bad breath concerns. We will help you get to the root cause of your issues so that you can enjoy a confident and healthy smile. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today at Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS at (913)381-2600!