Have you noticed that people back up when you talk to them? Do little children make funny faces when you say hello? You may be one of the 50 million Americans that suffer with halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath. There are a variety of causes for this common condition. Brushing your teeth properly and flossing regularly are two things to do in order to keep your mouth fresh, but for those with chronic halitosis, even these measures do not do much to help. Decayed teeth can also cause bad breath. Gum disease and gastric problems are sources of foul mouth odor as well. Smoking and alcohol use do not help either. The breakdown of proteins in the mouth is the source of most bad breath. Without general dental care, a buildup of volatile Sulphur compounds on the back of the tongue produced as byproducts of bacterial action on the proteins produces the foul smell.
The cause of the problem determines the route of treatment. Some patients will find immediate results when they learn how to properly brush and floss their teeth. Taking care of tooth decay and gum disease may eliminate the problem also. Special mouthwash and toothpaste may be suggested to help treat gum issues. For other issues that do not involve the mouth, you will be instructed to visit your primary care physician. Your doctor will need to examine you to find out if you have a health condition that is causing your foul breath.
Treatment for Chronic Bad Breath
Halitosis is a problem that can be treated and eliminated. An exam by your dentist will determine the cause and a treatment plan will be created. If your problem is caused by tooth decay, filling the teeth should fix the problem. If gum disease is the source, following your treatment plan will make a difference.
This condition affects millions of people so you are not alone. A remedy is available and following your prescribed treatment plan will restore your oral health and make your breath fresh again. If you have chronic bad breath, contact Bencaz Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.