Bad breath is embarrassing, and unless you have someone willing to make you aware of the problem, you may be offending others without even knowing it. Halitosis is a very common problem. In fact, over 50 million people in this country have it. There are several causes for the condition, and general dental treatment is available.
The first line of defense against halitosis is proper oral hygiene. When you brush and floss your teeth correctly, you eliminate odor causing bacteria. What most people fail to realize is that the back of the tongue needs brushing as well. This is where proteins that are broken down in the mouth can build up with volatile sulfur compounds, which can lead to halitosis. The byproducts of bacteria breaking down the proteins create the bad smelling sulfur compounds.
Decayed teeth and gum disease also produce mouth odor. These are oral problems that can be resolved with dental treatment. Depending on the extent of the problem, it may be completely treated in one visit to the dentist. In the case of gum disease, special toothpaste or mouthwash may be advised to help treat the gums and restore them to a healthy state.
The quality of oral hygiene or oral health is not always the source of bad breath. While many cases of halitosis arise from within the mouth, others can be caused by gastric conditions. If your dentist cannot find a source for your halitosis, you will be instructed to contact your physician for additional examination.
Treatment for Bad Breath
When your dentist discovers a dental related issue with your halitosis, a treatment plan will be created to eliminate the source. Decayed teeth will be cleaned out and filled. An infected tooth may need root canal therapy in order to avoid extraction. Badly decayed teeth that will not benefit from root canal therapy will need an extraction. When the problem of decay has been addressed, your breath should return to normal.
If gingivitis or periodontal disease is the source of bad breath, treating the problem entails cleaning the teeth thoroughly and treating the gum infection. This may include using antibiotics if the infection is severe. Monitoring of the healing process is required for extensive cases of gum disease.
Bad breath is a common problem, but it is also very treatable. If you have been told that you have chronic halitosis, contact Village Dental NYC. Schedule an appointment with us, and we will find the source of your bad breath and address the problem.