Persistent bad breath, known as halitosis, can have a big effect on your self-esteem and social life. It may also be a sign of potential problems with your oral health. At Eagle Dental, we provide treatment plans to remedy the sources of chronic bad breath to leave you with a fresh, confident smile.
What causes bad breath?
Halitosis can be a symptom of several underlying oral health problems. Sometimes it comes down to improving your daily oral hygiene habits, brushing and flossing twice a day, but we will examine other potential causes. It could be a sign of gum disease from a buildup of plaque on the teeth and gums, a result of tonsil stones that develop from food particle deposits in your tonsils, or a sign of infection in the nose, throat, or lungs. During your visit with us, we’ll learn about your oral health history and habits to develop a plan that attacks bad breath at its source.
Treatment of halitosis is dependent on the cause of the bad breath. During your examination, we’ll provide a comprehensive examination to treat the issue most effectively. A professional dental cleaning can go a long way towards giving you confidence in your smile. We might recommend specialized mouth rinses that fight off bacteria developments that contribute to bad breath. If there is a further underlying problem causing your halitosis, we’ll develop a treatment plan to address the issue so you’re well taken care of.
How can I prevent halitosis?
It’s recommended to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time and floss once. Brushing or using a tongue scraper across your tongue also removes bacteria that can cause bad breath if not addressed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and replace it every three to four months to be most effective. Bad breath may result from chronic dry mouth. Drink plenty of water, avoid products that can cause dry mouth like alcohol and tobacco products, and boost your saliva production by chewing sugar-free gum or eating sugar-free candies. Finally, regular professional dental cleanings and checkups every six to twelve months are vital to stopping buildups of plaque that can cause gum disease that contributes to chronic bad breath.
For a boost in confidence and a full examination of your oral health, set up an appointment with us at Eagle Dental today. Your well-being matters to us, and we’ll hit bad breath at the source for a healthy, fresh smile.