More commonly referred to as chronic bad breath, halitosis is a problem that affects about one in four adults. The condition is typically caused by odor-causing bacteria that has been trapped inside the mouth for an excessively long period of time. Some prime locations for such bacteria include a person’s tongue, between their teeth and below their gum line. In most cases, halitosis can be effectively treated with a thorough cleaning or periodontal services.
Many people who are experiencing halitosis will attempt to treat the issue on their own by using gum, mints or mouth rinses; however, these remedies will not actually solve the problem, and they will only work to mask the odor. Unlike these cover-ups, our halitosis treatment methods will work to put a stop to the problem’s causes, providing the patient with confidence in knowing that their breath is not offensive to others.
A professional teeth cleaning is one of the most effective methods for treating halitosis. The process works to eliminate harmful odor-causing bacteria from the mouth and to offer a sense of oral freshness that will last for many months to come. Additionally, tongue scraping can be particularly beneficial when the patient’s tongue is the source of the bacteria.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is also a common cause of halitosis. Our practice offers a full lineup of periodontal services that can dramatically improve a person’s breath and restore the health of their gums. It is advised that patients suffering from periodontitis seek treatment for the condition as quickly as possible since it can lead to even further issues if it is left untreated.
The best way to prevent halitosis from occurring is to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and to receive regularly scheduled dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings. This will help to prevent bacteria from accumulating inside your mouth and causing unpleasant odors. If you are not confident in your brushing and flossing techniques, our experts are happy to provide you with a simple review.
If you are suffering from halitosis and you want to put a stop to the problem, please call our office at (602) 598-0338 to schedule an appointment.