More commonly referred to as bad breath, halitosis is a condition experienced by millions of people. In most cases, it is caused by bacteria that is trapped inside the mouth for excessive periods of time, resulting in an unpleasant odor. While this is the most common cause of halitosis, a small number of cases are the result of a more serious medical problem.
It is very common for people suffering from halitosis to try to treat the issue themselves by using gum, mints or mouth rinses; however, these remedies only work to cover up the smell, and they do nothing to address the real cause of the problem. At 32nd Street Dental, our experts not only eliminate the unpleasant smell, but we also work to find the true cause of a patient’s halitosis and prevent the issue from reoccurring.
One of the most effective methods for treating halitosis is through a professional teeth cleaning. This treatment eliminates odor-causing bacteria within the mouth, and it leaves the patient with a sense of oral freshness that lasts for many months. Tongue scraping can also be done during this time, and it can be very helpful for stopping bad breath, especially when the tongue is the source of the odor-causing bacteria.
Other cases of chronic halitosis are caused by periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Our practice offers scaling and root planing treatments that are designed to remove the presence of bacteria deep within the spaces between a person’s teeth and below their gum line. Because gum disease can lead to serious oral health issues, patients suffering from the condition should seek treatment as soon as possible.
Patients who want to prevent halitosis from occurring should be sure to maintain proper oral hygiene at all times. Our experts are happy to review standard brushing and flossing techniques with any patient who is suffering from halitosis.
There are rare situations in which chronic halitosis is an underlying symptom of a more serious medical problem. Our team can identify if this is indeed the case and direct the patient to a more appropriate specialist if necessary.
If you are experiencing chronic bad breath and you want to put a stop to the problem, please call our office at (417) 221-9181 to schedule an appointment.