Halitosis, or bad breath as it is more commonly known, is more than just an embarrassing problem. It can also be an indicator of a serious underlying dental issue as well. If you have bad breath that isn’t caused by poor oral hygiene or anything in your diet, it is important that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Breath fresheners and mint chewing gum only mask the symptoms of a deeper problem; proper bad breath treatment can eliminate the source of the bad breath and eliminate it completely.
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, including:
In addition, this bacteria can also form a coating on your tongue that also 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.
Treatment of halitosis will vary, based upon the issue or issues that is causing your particular case. Usually 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 a 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 having full and happy personal and professional relationships, call Dallas dental office Buckner Family Dental today at 214-328-3595 today to schedule a consultation. Our staff has years of experience in the dental field and can help you get treated as quickly as possible so you can once again have the full, confidence that comes with a fabulous smile.