Bad breath is a common concern among all demographics of patients, especially when they are spending time with friends or loved ones. In many cases, bad breath is simply embarrassing, leading patients to brush their teeth or seek temporary relief through a breath freshener. If the condition persists, however, it may be due to another, more pressing problem.
If you suffer from persistently bad breath, we encourage you to visit our Memphis office for a more accurate diagnosis of its cause. In the meantime, use the below information as a guide to the common causes of bad breath and the general dentistry treatments for it.
Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can come in a variety of forms. One of the more ordinary and harmless reasons for bad breath is a direct result of having eaten something pungent, such as garlic or onions. In such instances, patients can expect their normal breath to return after waiting a few hours. Not all causes are as innocuous or easily solvable, however. Other factors include:
Because halitosis can be caused by any one or a combination of the above factors, it is important that patients first discern the source of bad breath. This is most readily accomplished by undergoing a professional dental exam and having an in-depth discussion with your dentist regarding your hygiene, lifestyle, and medical history. Once the cause of bad breath is found, steps can be taken to reduce it or improve the causal factors.
In the event of gum disease, patients may be able to first attempt treatment at-home. For milder cases of gingivitis, at-home hygiene habits are often enough to keep bacteria in check. If infection spreads further into the gums, however, professional treatment may be warranted. Depending on the degree of infection, your dentist may recommend one of two treatment options:
The best way to preserve a fresh, healthy mouth is to maintain positive hygiene habits at home and through regular visits to your dentist. Even if your breath is not an ongoing problem, it is important to schedule routine cleanings and exams to aid in the prevention of disease and decay. Contact us to make your next appointment with Dr. Messer.
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