Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, can be socially embarrassing and even make it hard to pass a job interview. Fortunately, our dentists can provide helpful dental treatments for this persistent problem.
Treating Halitosis Is Vital!
Bad breath might not seem like an important problem, but it can actually signal any of several diseases and serious health issues. You need to see a dentist first to rule out oral diseases and conditions we can help you address. Some illnesses that can cause halitosis include:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Gastrointestinal ailments
- Lung infections
- Sinus infections
Dental Checkups Can Catch Serious Problems
Our dentists can identify serious issues for your primary care doctor to investigate. Your dentist checks your gum, teeth and mouth first. Then, you will get any dental halitosis treatments you need. Finally, you get all the dental care and oral treatments needed to rule out and correct problems like:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Yeast infections of the mouth
- Dry mouth
- Denture odor
If these treatments do not cure your halitosis, our dentist can refer you to your primary care doctor.
Your Dentist Can Prescribe Certain Medications
We can help you get rid of halitosis if you have an oral bacterial infection. In addition, you can get any needed prescriptions for dry mouth treatments. Since dry mouth can cause tooth decay, this treatment is one more way your dentist can help you preserve your teeth.
Gingivitis Treatment Can Help
It is important to go to your dentist first for halitosis treatment, especially if you also symptoms of gingivitis, such as:
- Bleeding gums
- Bright red or purple gums
- Tender gums
- Swollen gums
- Shiny gums
- Mouth sores
Gingivitis treatment is crucial to your dental health. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can cause other health problems, including losing your teeth. Gingivitis treatments vary dramatically based on the condition of your gums. Our dentist may prescribe you medications or even do dental surgery. Also, your dentist can refer you to your primary care doctor if your gum disease is extremely serious and might be causing other health issues.
Routine Dental Care Makes a Big Difference
When you have halitosis, there is a distinct possibility it is related to your dental hygiene. You may be brushing your teeth and tongue, flossing or cleaning your dentures properly. Still, you can get yeast infections in your mouth, especially on the back of your tongue if you do not get regular dental cleanings.
Your dental office can set up an appointment with a dental hygienist to have your teeth cleaned. If the problem is with dentures, your dentist can recommend denture products and care procedures to help eliminate the odor.
You Can Help, Too!
You can do a lot to reduce or eliminate your halitosis. Keep up with your dental hygiene every day, no matter what your schedule is like. Avoid foods with strong odors, such as onions or garlic. You can also eat parsley or suck on mints to freshen your breath.
Make sure to brush your teeth and tongue twice a day. Floss every day. Rinse your mouth frequently if necessary to swish away food between brushings. Our dentists can also recommend a dry mouth product if you don’t produce enough saliva to adequately clean your mouth throughout the day.