Halitosis, or bad breath refers to an unpleasant odor coming from the mouth. We all have had breath at some point or the other, but if your bad breath is chronic, it is best to get your oral health evaluated at our office.
Some of the most common causes of bad breath include:
- Certain foods such as garlic, onion, etc.
- Gum disease
- Acid Reflux
- Respiratory Infections
- Dry Mouth
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Dentures or Braces
Our office provides comprehensive treatment for bad breath which has dental origins. In most cases, one can get rid of their bad breath by following a proper oral care regime. A professional dental cleaning can remove plaque, tartar and food debris from the hidden areas of the mouth. These are major contributors to your bad breath problems, and getting rid of these will leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. If we observe that gum disease is causing your bad breath, we will perform a deep dental cleaning called scaling and root planing to help control the infection. Other forms of treatment such as pocket reduction procedures, gum surgery, etc. may be needed if your periodontal disease has progressed to an advanced stage. Sometimes, unclean braces and dentures can cause bad breath due to the food and plaque trapped in them. We may adjust your dental appliances as necessary in such cases and will also offer you advice on how to keep them clean.
Below are a few tips to help you keep bad breath at bay:
- Keep your mouth and body hydrated by drinking enough water
- Maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, and visiting our dental office for bi-annual checkups and cleanings
- Keep your tongue clean
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
If your bad breath problems are causing you social embarrassment and need the attention of an expert, please contact our office for a consultation. Call us at 610-601-5547.