Bad Breath & Halitosis Treatment
Everyone can occasionally experience bad breath (halitosis). Morning breath is a common condition caused by the reduced saliva flow at night. Saliva helps to keep the breath fresh by washing away food particles and bacteria.
However persistent bad breath can signal dental or other health problems which need to be addressed.
Some causes of bad breath can be:
- Inadequate oral hygiene.
- Gum disease (periodontitis).
- Dry mouth (xerostomia), which can be caused by certain illnesses or medications.
- Cigarette smoking and chewing tobacco.
- Certain food and beverages, like coffee, onion or garlic.
- Systemic illnesses, such as diabetes, liver disease, lung disease, kidney disease and acid reflux.
- Infections of the respiratory tract, such as throat, lung and sinus infections.
Unfortunately those persons who suffer from persistent bad breath can become adapted and so are less likely to detect the unpleasant smell.
If you are concerned about your breath please let us know in your consultation.
The most important step is for your dentist to correctly diagnose your problem.
Fortunately, in the majority of cases, the treatment for bad breath (halitosis) can be as simple as having a well performed scale and polish with the hygienist or a dentist supplemented by improved home care in tooth brushing, flossing and use of interdental brushes.
However, in a significant number of cases, bad breath may signify more serious dental problems which left unchecked can lead to tooth loss. These problems are periodontitis (destruction of the bone and gum supporting the teeth), presence of decayed or infected teeth or even some form of gastro-intestinal problems
In Boston House our highly experienced general dentists can deal with most dental problems leading to bad breath. In the more complex cases our experienced dentists are supported by a team of in house specialists in periodontists (gum treatment), endodontics (root canal treatment) and prosthodontists (tooth repair, restoration and replacement).
Bad breath is a warning sign which shouldn’t be ignored.