Causes of halitosis
Halitosis is the leading cause of bad breath and has nothing to do with anything in your diet. Bacteria in your mouth can build up on your teeth and gums, leading to a number of issues that can cause halitosis. These issues include tooth decay, gum disease and gingivitis. In addition, this bacteria can also form a coating on your tongue that emits an odor. These issues can be made worse by bad habits such as poor oral hygiene practices, tobacco use and the consumption of caffeinated beverages.
Your dentist will begin with a thorough cleaning, followed by the removal of any teeth that are decayed. Any cavities that you may have will also be filled. These simple procedures will eliminate any plaque and tartar buildup, which harbors odor-causing bacteria on your teeth, as well as any decayed tooth matter that may be causing the bad breath. If your halitosis is being caused by poor hygiene practices, your dentist will show you how to care for your teeth and gums properly in order to avoid the problem in the future.
The length of each halitosis treatment plan will vary based on the specific bad breath treatments involved. Office visits for halitosis may take less than an hour if only cleaning is necessary; however, more serious treatments may take more time. Your dentist will discuss your treatment schedule and plan with you before beginning to ensure you have a proper idea of the length of time treatments may take.
If bad breath is preventing you from enjoying personal and professional relationships, call our Dallas dental office today at 214-328-3595 to schedule a consultation. Our staff has years of experience in the dental field and can help you regain the confidence that comes with a fabulous smile.