Bad breath is not just an embarrassing social problem; it can be a symptom of oral health problems. Chronic bad breath or halitosis often stems from dental issues, which is why mints, gum and even mouthwash cannot eliminate the odor. To treat halitosis, you need to get to the source of the problem and remove the cause of the bad breath with general dentistry.
When dental issues like decay, tooth infections or gum disease take hold, odor-causing bacteria are often present. You can brush, floss and use mouthwash, but the bad breath will return after a short period. Gum and mints only mask halitosis. For long-term relief from this embarrassing problem, you need to come see our oral health experts at Northampton Dental for halitosis treatment.
Treatment for Bad Breath
The first step in treating bad breath is scheduling a dental checkup and cleaning. Make sure to mention that you are concerned about your halitosis. During your cleaning, our hygienist will check for signs of gum disease or infection. This is often one of the causes of bad breath. Many adults suffer from gum disease, but with deep cleanings and medications, it can be treated.
If the source of your bad breath is not due to gum disease, it may be within your teeth. During your exam, the dentist will check for any signs of decay or infection. A tooth with an abscess or infection can emit a foul odor, as can a decayed tooth. While these types of dental issues are usually accompanied by pain or sensitivity, that is not always the case. The odor may be the only symptom that you have a serious dental problem.
Once the source of the bad breath is found, we can offer a treatment plan to fix the underlying problem. If there are not any dental or oral health problems, your halitosis may be an internal issue and the dentist will refer you to a physician for further evaluation.
Chronic bad breath is often a sign of oral health issues. Contact us today at Northampton Dental to get effective treatment for your halitosis.