Bad breath is known in the medical field as halitosis, and it can be more than just an embarrassing problem. Halitosis may also be a sign of a more serious underlying dental issue. If you have bad breath that doesn’t seem to be connected to anything in your diet, and you follow good oral hygiene procedures and practices, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon possible. While breath fresheners and chewing gum can mask the symptoms, the deeper problem will only get worse without proper treatment.
What causes bad breath/halitosis?
Halitosis has nothing to do with your diet and is the leading cause of bad breath in most people. Bacteria build up on your teeth gums can cause a number of issues that may be the source of your halitosis, including:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
This bacteria can also form a coating on your tongue that may also emit an odor. Any of these issues can be made worse by poor diet, the consumption of caffeine, tobacco use, and poor oral hygiene practices.
What are the treatments for halitosis?
Your dentist may use any number of treatments for halitosis, depending on what is causing your particular case. Treatment usually begins with a thorough cleaning, followed by the removal of any decayed or decaying teeth. Existing cavities will also be filled. Each of these procedures can eliminate the plaque and tartar buildup, as well as any decayed tooth matter that can be a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria. If your halitosis is being caused by improper hygiene procedures, your dentist will help show you the proper techniques to care for your teeth and gums so that you can avoid the problem in the future.
Halitosis treatment plans will vary in length based on the specific treatments involved. If your office visit for halitosis treatment only involves a simple cleaning, it may take as little as 30 minutes to an hour. More serious treatments may take additional visits and more time. Your dentist will thoroughly discuss your treatment schedule and plan with you before beginning to ensure you fully understand the amount of time any of your treatments may take.
If bad breath is holding you back professionally, or keeping you from having full and happy personal relationships, call Manhattan Beach Dental Center today at 310-375-0482 to schedule a consultation. Our caring and professional staff has years of experience that they can use to get you treated as quickly as possible so you can have the full confidence that comes with a fresh and fabulous smile.