Halitosis, or bad breath, is an all-too-common problem. In most cases, it can be controlled with good dental hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and possibly even cleaning your tongue regularly. Sometimes, though, halitosis occurs because of an underlying problem that should be treated in order to not only stop your bad breath, but to prevent long-term complications.
Causes Of Halitosis
The bacteria that naturally reside in your mouth produce various types of waste materials. This includes the sticky substance that builds up in your mouth and becomes plaque, then tartar, and which causes tooth decay. They also give off gases that cause the unpleasant smells that create the most common types of halitosis. If you have bad breath, diligently attending to your oral health can eliminate it. Be sure to brush and floss daily, and you can also add cleaning your tongue to your daily routine. Either brush the tongue surface with a toothbrush or use a tool specially designed to remove bacteria and food particles from your tongue.
Other causes of bad breath, though, might need additional treatment. These causes can include:
- Strong-smelling foods or beverages
- Dry mouth
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Sinus problems
If your halitosis does not respond to diligent oral hygiene, even if you’ve added a mouthwash and regular tongue cleaning to your everyday routine, it might be time to see our dentist for a diagnosis and further treatment.
Treatment For Halitosis
Often, the best treatment for persistent bad breath is to treat the underlying cause. Our dentist can determine if your halitosis is caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or dry mouth, all of which our dentist can also treat. If you have sinus problems or a systemic problem such as diabetes, which can also cause bad breath, you’ll need to talk to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
The first step toward diagnosing your halitosis and its underlying cause is to see our dentist. If you have dry mouth, she might recommend a prescription medication or mouthwash that will help keep your mouth moist, reducing your bad breath. A prescription antibacterial mouthwash might also be an option.
Call the office of Dr. Kelli Slate at (214) 821-8639 and set up your next appointment.