Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath, which is not only an embarrassing social problem, but could also be an indicator of an underlying oral or systemic issue. Chronic halitosis is more than just a case of having eaten too much onion or garlic at mealtime and needs timely attention and treatment.
Some of the main causes of bad breath are:
- Poor oral care, such as infrequent brushing, not flossing regularly and not visiting your dentist for dental exams and cleanings.
- Systemic issues such as kidney problems and diabetes
- Certain medications such as anti-depressants, diuretics etc. which cause xerostomia (dry mouth)
- Gum Disease, which leads to a bad taste and unpleasant odor in the mouth
The treatment for halitosis largely depends upon its cause. So, the first step we undertake to resolve your bad breath issues is to find out what is causing the odor. Most of the times, a deep dental cleaning can help you get rid of plaque and bacterial deposits to cleanse your mouth and give you a clean and fresh breath. We may also advise you on how you can improve your oral care habits with proper brushing, flossing and the use of an antibacterial mouthwash. If your bad breath is caused by gum disease, then we will conduct a scaling and root planing treatment to curb the problem and to eliminate the odor associated with it. If medications or systemic issues are causing your bad breath, we may recommend that you see your physician.
If you are looking for a comprehensive solution to your bad breath problems, please contact the offices of New Health Dentistry for a consultation with our oral care experts. We treat halitosis caused by dental problems. You can call us at (678) 967-0972 to schedule an appointment.