Bad Breath Treatment
By J. Brent Gorrell on October 30, 2013
Do you notice others stepping back from you when you speak too closely to their faces? Do people frequently offer you a piece of gum or a breath mint? You may find that you are suffering from bad breath, which is also known as halitosis. Bad breath can be the result of poor dental habits or long-term tobacco usage. Fortunately for Mountain View patients, you can rid yourself of halitosis with a visit to a qualified cosmetic dentist. Halitosis treatments, including the professional cleaning of teeth and/or treatment of periodontal diseases, can be recommended by a qualified and experienced professional who has the training and knowledge required to treat your bad breath safely and effectively.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath is an unpleasant odor of the mouth caused by things like the food we eat, poor dental hygiene, the extended use of tobacco products, mouth infections, dry mouth, and various dental diseases. If you aren’t brushing your teeth properly or flossing regularly, for example, the remaining food particles in your mouth cause plaque build-up and foul odors. This, in turn, leads to dental problems such as decay and periodontal diseases. Cavities and gum disease also result in bad breath. If you’re suffering from bad breath, you may have an unpleasant taste in your mouth or a white coating on the surface of your tongue.
How Does a Cosmetic Dentist Treat Bad Breath?
To treat bad breath, it is first necessary to pinpoint its root cause, which may require the help of a dentist. Though bad breath can be controlled to a certain extent by ceasing to smoke, proper brushing, and avoiding certain foods that cause bad breath (such as garlic), a more permanent solution requires a consultation with a skilled cosmetic dentist.
If your bad breath is due to poor oral hygiene, yourcosmetic dentist will suggest the proper course of action to address the problem. Your dentist will also be able to professionally clean your teeth and remove any plaque, which is another major contributor to bad breath. This process also removes teeth stains caused by smoking, as well as the consumption of soda, coffee, and red wine. Your dentist may also suggest artificial saliva if you’re suffering from dry mouth, or an anti-bacterial mouthwash for cleaning your mouth. If your bad breath is due to a gum problem, periodontal disease, or a decayed tooth, your cosmetic dentist may suggest treatment to correct these problems.
Proper oral hygiene habits offer many benefits, aside from combating bad breath. They keep the teeth and gums healthy so patients can avoid restorative dental treatments such as dental implants, crowns, and fillings.
Learn More about Bad Breath
When researching how to best treat your halitosis, it’s important to find a cosmetic dentist that can determine is cause. Equally important is finding someone who can provide you with professional and personalized care. If you are suffering from bad breath and are embarrassed by your condition, learn more about how you can combat it today by scheduling a consultation with the friendly and knowledge staff of Dr. J. Brent Gorrell today.
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