Do you avoid close encounters due to chronic bad breath that will not go away, even with brushing and mouthwash? Halitosis refers to persistent bad breath that can’t be blamed on the garlic bread you just ate. In fact, halitosis can be a warning sign of other oral health issues. At Hollon Dental, we understand how embarrassing this condition can be, but we also know that it should not be ignored. We treat your bad breath by addressing the underlying causes, helping you feel more confident in social interactions and keep a healthy smile.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria. Everyone gets bad breath from time to time, usually from eating or drinking certain substances. Onions, garlic and other strong foods can leave a foul odor, but usually dissipate when you brush your teeth or use mouthwash. However, some bad breath lingers, only masked by minty treatments. This occurs when there is excess oral bacteria that is feeding on the sugars you eat, which unfortunately produces foul-smelling sulfur compounds in the process. Therefore, halitosis can also be a warning sign of a more serious oral health issue, such as gum disease or severe decay. Treat the cause and the halitosis may be treated as well.
How a Dentist Can Treat Bad Breath
The first step in treating halitosis should involve clearing away any lingering bacteria and plaque. This can be done by having a complete checkup and cleaning at our office. Our oral hygienist will clean your teeth and look for any signs of gum disease, a common cause of bad breath. If there is an infection in your gums, this can be treated to relieve your bad breath.
If your gums are healthy, there could be other dental issues causing odor. Dr. Patel will check for any signs of tooth decay or infection in your teeth. An abscessed tooth or a large cavity could be causing your bad breath. Treating the dental issue will protect your smile and help you regain fresh breath for those close encounters.
When it comes to bad breath at Hollon Dental, there is no need to be embarrassed. We consider it a privilege to help patients regain a healthy and confident mouth! Schedule a checkup at our office and our dental team will help determine what is causing your bad breath and offer a lasting treatment solution.