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Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. If you suffer from chronic halitosis, our experts can help you identify the root of your problem and treat it accordingly.
Bad breath can be a result of tooth decay, infection, dry mouth, or an unclean mouth with plaque and tartar buildup. Gum disease also causes bad breath. Food particles stuck in the mouth collect bacteria, which release a Sulphur compound when they die. This gives your breath an unpleasant smell. Persistent bad breath may also be a sign of gum disease. A condition called xerostomia or dry mouth can also lead to bad breath due to a decrease in the flow of saliva. People who consume tobacco in any form also tend to have bad breath. Removable dentures tend to harbor bacteria that could cause halitosis. It is important to clean your dentures properly and to remove them at night. Certain types of food and medication also contribute to persistent bad breath.
The treatment for halitosis depends upon its cause and may range from improvement in one’s oral care regimen to deeper cleaning techniques such as scaling and root planing and antibiotics. If a problem with a particular tooth, such as advanced periodontal disease, decay, dry socket or a loose gum flap is the root of bad breath, then local treatment will be administered to the affected tooth. Normally, daily brushing, flossing, and bi-annual professional dental cleanings will help you keep bad breath at bay. It is also important to clean the tongue properly as it’s rough surface could house food debris and bacterial plaque.
If we find that the cause of your bad breath is not an oral care problem, we may suggest you visit a physician. For more information and for appointments, please feel free to call our office at (918) 215-4425.