Do you back away from close encounters because you are embarrassed by bad breath? Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is more than an embarrassment; it can be a sign of a serious oral health issue. If you brush, floss and use mouthwash, but your bad breath remains, it is time to seek diagnosis and dental treatment
. Curtis Family Dentistry offers halitosis treatment at our office to find the cause of your bad breath and fix the problem. While there are some health conditions that can cause halitosis, often the source of the problem is in your mouth. Everyone gets bad breath odor from time to time, usually from the foods or beverages they consume. Garlic, onions, coffee and other substances can leave a bad odor. However, this can usually be resolved by cleaning your teeth and killing bacteria with mouthwash. However, when oral hygiene does not work, there is usually decay or infection causing the odor.
Treatment for Bad Breath
Normal bad breath can be relieved by adhering to a more regimented oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing after every meal, gargling with mouthwash and using tongue scrapers can help. There are also prescription mouthwashes that can help if the problem is severe. When the cause of halitosis is in the teeth or gums, fixing the oral health issue can usually stop the bad breath. Our dental team will perform a complete exam to identify any decay, tooth infections or gum disease that could be causing your halitosis. Addressing your oral health problem often is all that is needed to stop bad breath and the embarrassment of halitosis. If you have chronic bad breath, contact our office
to schedule a cleaning and checkup. Sometimes a thorough cleaning can fix the issue. If there are other dental issues present, we can recommend treatments to restore your oral health and put a stop to your halitosis.