An occasional bout of bad breath can happen to anyone. When bad breath becomes a regular problem, however, it is called halitosis. Chronic bad breath is usually the result of a problem within your mouth. With proper dental care, your bad breath can be treated so that it does not cause you discomfort or embarrassment in social situations.
Causes of Chronic Bad Breath
Some of the most common causes of bad breath include tobacco use, the breakdown of odorous foods and poor dental hygiene. With poor dental hygiene, a layer of bacteria builds up on your teeth as a result of insufficient brushing and flossing. The tongue can also trap bacteria that release foul odors. Poorly cleaned dentures can also be a cause of bad breath. If your mouth does not produce enough saliva, you may experience chronic halitosis. A mouth infection, untreated diabetes and infections of the tonsils may also cause bad breath to happen on a regular basis.
Conservative Treatments for Bad Breath
Treatments for bad breath begin with finding the source of the problem. Your dentist may instruct you on proper dental hygiene techniques. You might also be prescribed a mouth rinse to help with eliminating the bacteria that cause bad breath. If you have an infection in your mouth, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics to resolve the infection.
Dental Procedures for Treating Bad Breath
A severe mouth infection might require surgery in order to get rid of bad breath. If you have an abscessed tooth, you may need an extraction to resolve the halitosis. For gum disease, the dentist may do root planing or a flap surgery to resolve the problem.
Call the office of Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD today for an appointment to begin treating your bad breath.