Halitosis is a condition that requires more than brushing and mouth rinsing. It is not the typical bad breath people get in the morning or after eating something with a strong smell. Aside from being a source of embarrassment, halitosis can also be a sign of a severe health problem. At Thomas & Thomas Dental, we offer Halitosis Treatment to help patients have healthy and fresher breath.
Halitosis, if not treated, this problem can continue to cause psychological distress and oral complications. To treat halitosis, one must know the cause of it. Here are some potential causes of the condition:
- Dry Mouth. Saliva has natural protective properties in the mouth. When saliva production decreases, it allows bacteria to build up in the mouth which causes several dental problems including halitosis. Contributing factors of dry mouth are medications and smoking.
- Food Particles. When consuming foods such as onion, garlic and other meals with strong smells, there is a possibility that it may leave small particles in the mouth. These foods can only cause temporary bad breath and not directly cause halitosis. However, the food particles could cause bacteria buildup that may infect the gums (which will, later on, cause halitosis) if not removed.
- Dental Problems. Cavities and deep pockets in the gums (caused by gingivitis and gum disease) can be a hiding place for bacteria. When these issues are left untreated, it will produce a lingering smell.
- Medical Issues. Infection in sinuses, nasal passages, and throat can cause a foul smell in the mouth. Some conditions like kidney and liver disease could also be contributors.
Mouthwash and mint candies can cover up the foul breath in the mouth temporarily, but these do not treat the source of the problem. Unlike these concealers, the halitosis treatment in Thomas & Thomas Dental can address the cause of the problem.
Since the condition starts because of the bacteria in the mouth, professional teeth cleaning will be done. The procedure includes a thorough cleaning to eliminate all hidden plaques and food debris. Also, the tongue will be cleaned to remove all the bacteria. If gum disease causes the condition, several periodontal services are also available to restore the health of the gums.
Regardless of the cause, it is better to schedule a dental visit for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Treat the root of the Halitosis! Schedule an appointment with Thomas & Thomas Dental for Halitosis Treatment in Phoenix. We are located at 7150 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020.