Is Your Bad Breath More Serious Than You Think?

Chesapeake VA General DentistWhen it comes to breath odor, a fresh scent is always more desirable. In fact, whether you are on a date or at a work meeting, bad breath can quickly turn others away and leave a negative impression. While you may be able to temporarily kick your bad breath to the side with a mint or chewing gum, if it keeps coming back, you may need to see your dentist to ensure there’s not something more serious going on. Halitosis treatment from a dental professional can be a life-changing decision for those who suffer daily.

Determining the cause of your bad breath is an essential first step. Contributing factors may range from poor brushing habits to advanced periodontal infection. Therefore, it is important to let a dentist make an accurate diagnosis. Your oral health and your smile is at stake!

Foul breath odor is often a sign that excessive bacteria is lingering in your mouth. Bacteria feeds on the food debris and plaque buildup that poor brushing habits leave behind. Unfortunately, as bacteria multiples, it produces sulfur compounds – a stench you certainly don’t want coming from your mouth.

Gum disease is among the most serious causes of bad breath. You can’t expect your breath to freshen up without proper periodontal therapy. In many cases, this can be accomplished by a deep cleaning (or scaling and root planing). Gum disease occurs in stages, but the condition essentially means you have an infection within the tissues that support your teeth. Left alone, gum disease can progress and lead to tooth loss and detriments to your overall health.

Do you have bad breath? We know it makes you self-conscious. At Midgette Family Dentistry, we want to help you regain a more confident lifestyle. However, we also realize the importance of investigating your bad breath as it pertains to your oral health. If establishing better oral hygiene habits (including brushing your tongue) doesn’t relieve your stinky breath, make an appointment to come see us.

Posted on behalf of Midgette Family Dentistry