Treating Chronic Halitosis (Bad Breath)
If you suffer from persistent bad breath, a condition known as chronic halitosis, it can have a significant impact on your confidence, your social life, and your romantic life.
Even if you have the most beautiful smile in the world or the most outgoing personality, bad breath can quickly ruin any interactions you have with those around you and can leave a very negative impression.
There are numerous causes of chronic halitosis. These causes include:
- Gum disease.
- Dry mouth, which can be caused by certain medications, alcohol or medical conditions.
- Tobacco products.
- Infections in the nose, throat or lungs.
- Medical conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or reflux.
Fortunately, chronic halitosis can be treated, and Dailley Dental Care can help.
Treating Chronic Halitosis at Home
Some things can be done at home to deal with chronic halitosis. These home remedies include:
- Brush & Floss: Brushing and flossing daily are integral to eliminating odor-causing bacteria, as well as lingering food particles. You should also be sure to brush or otherwise clean your tongue.
- Healthy Habits: Other home remedies you can try to treat chronic halitosis include maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, avoiding certain foods, drinking plenty of water, and quitting smoking.
- Remove Dentures: If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them daily and clean them thoroughly.
If chronic halitosis persists even after making changes, it is time to seek professional treatment.
Treating Dental Issues That Cause Bad Breath
Chronic halitosis can be caused by gum disease or cavities. When you have gum disease, your gum tissue becomes irritated and inflamed and pulls away from the teeth.
This creates pockets that then trap bacteria and food particles, and no amount of brushing or flossing can remove them. Bacteria multiply, and food particles decompose.
If you have a cavity, oral bacteria take up residence in the pit that forms. When these issues are treated, the bacteria and other debris are removed, which can then eliminate your bad breath.
Treating Halitosis with Prescription Mouthwash
In many cases, over the counter mouthwashes only mask bad breath. Ones that eliminate oral bacteria eliminate all of the bacteria, both bad and good. Moreover, if you overuse mouthwash, you can destroy the balance of bacteria in your mouth, and you still have bad breath. Prescription mouthwashes are designed to target odor-causing bacteria, which can help to clear up bad breath.
If during your oral exam, we determine that the cause of your bad breath not be from an oral issue, we may recommend that you see either your regular physician or a specialist. Bad breath caused by medical issues require medical attention. By treating the cause of your bad breath, you not only eliminate bad breath, but you also treat potentially dangerous health issues as well.
For instance, bad breath caused by diabetes can be indicative of a surplus of ketones, which can be fatal if not treated. Other treatments depend upon the exact cause of your bad breath, whether it is a respiratory infection, sinusitis, liver disease, or kidney disease. If you have bad breath that just will not go away, it is important that you seek treatment right away.
Schedule Your Chronic Halitosis Appointment
Chronic halitosis may be embarrassing, but it can be treated. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Dailley Dental Care today at (510) 883-3454.