Halitosis, or bad breath, may not seem important until it becomes chronic. Many people are not even aware they have the problem. In fact, over 50 million people in this country have halitosis. Bad breath affects the people around you and can have an adverse effect on your social life.
Have you noticed that fewer people want to engage you in conversation? People may begin to back up when you talk to them. While someone’s reaction to bad breath may seem somewhat humorous, the fact is, when you need to represent your company or are in public settings, halitosis can be a serious obstacle. The good news is, there are effective general dentistry treatments available.
Halitosis can be caused by a number of factors. The most obvious reason is lack of good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth will keep your mouth feeling and smelling fresh. Proper care of your teeth and gums eliminates the oral bacteria that cause breath odor. However, if you practice good oral hygiene and still have bad breath, decaying teeth could be the problem. Gum disease and gastric problems can also result in bad breath.
Proteins in the mouth are broken down by bacteria and this reaction causes the odor. The by-products of this reaction are large amounts of Sulphur compounds which build up on the back of the tongue. Sometimes people brush their tongues or use tongue scrapers to keep the buildup from occurring.
Treatment options depend on the cause of your halitosis. Good oral hygiene eliminates most minor problems with bad breath. Using a quality mouthwash or toothpaste can also help. If the problem persists, having your mouth examined for other causes is the next step. You may have undiagnosed dental problems. If there does not seem to be a cause relating to oral issues, you will be advised to contact your primary care physician. Your problem may originate from other issues, such as gastric problems. Contact Lane Family Dental today to schedule an appointment regarding our treatment options for halitosis.Schedule an appointment