Our experienced team at Dental Home in Bluffton, SC is dedicated to the treatment of severe halitosis.
What is Halitosis?
Okay, so you've had onion soup for lunch! Or you've noticed you have dry mouth, and occasionally you realize that your breath isn't as fresh as it should be. However, you also realize there's a difference between the occasional bad breath that everyone experiences and the misfortune of having chronic bad breath. According to the Mayo Clinic, halitosis is often a result of gum disease and tooth decay.
What Causes Halitosis?
Bacteria and plaque buildup are common causes of bad breath. If you don't practice good oral hygiene, plaque and tartar can attract bacteria and accumulate on the teeth and gum line. The food particles and bacteria emit an unpleasant odor, and they can cause dental decay and gum disease. Most people already understand there are certain foods that can cause temporary bad breath. At Dental Home, we have concluded there are many other factors, which can cause Halitosis. For example, if you routinely eat foods like onions, garlic, and odorous spices, it could result in chronic halitosis. Saliva also plays an important role in your dental health. Saliva washes away any bacteria and plaque in your mouth. If you suffer from a dry mouth, plaque and bacteria could linger in your mouth, even if you brush and floss regularly. Even some medications are known to cause dry mouth. Smoking can cause bad breath on its own. It also increases your risk for dental decay and gum disease. Whatever the underlying causes may be, at Dental Home, we know how to treat Halitosis.
Treatment of Halitosis
The treatment for halitosis will depend on its underlying cause. In many cases, a thorough dental cleaning by our hygienist at Dental Home may be sufficient. However, if you suffer from gum disease, we offer several periodontal treatments. A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and planing, is the most common procedure. During this treatment, the dentist will remove plaque that has built up below the gum line, then carefully smooth rough areas on the dental roots. After the dentist has addressed the underlying causes of your bad breath, at Dental Home, we recommend you practice good dental hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily and use an antibacterial mouthwash.
If you suffer from any form of bad breath, Dental Home in Bluffton, SC recommends you schedule a thorough check-up with our dentist by dialing (843) 474-8919.