Millions of Americans suffer from halitosis, and many of them are unaware they have a problem. There are a variety of reasons why one’s breath may be malodorous. One of the major reasons is poor oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing teeth properly is critical to good oral hygiene. When that is not the case, the oral bacteria responsible for bad breath are allowed to proliferate.
Treatment for halitosis begins with finding the source with general dentistry. When oral hygiene is the culprit, the bad odor comes from the breakdown of proteins in the mouth. The back of the tongue is where volatile Sulphur compounds accumulate. These compounds are the by-products produced from the breakdown of proteins. Proper oral hygiene and learning how to brush and cleanse your tongue should eliminate the problem.
Treatment for Bad Breath
Poor oral hygiene is not the only reason a person may have bad breath. There are other causes. Decayed teeth will also lead to bad breath. Having the decay removed and filling the tooth will take care of the problem. Sometimes a tooth that is badly decayed will need root canal therapy or extraction. Gingivitis or gum disease can also cause problems with mouth odors. This also stems from infection. Having your gums treated and teeth thoroughly cleaned will eliminate the bad smell. Special toothpaste or mouthwash may be advised or prescribed to help promote healing of infected gums.
Not all sources of halitosis stem from dental issues. If your mouth is in good condition but your breath still smells bad, you may have a gastric issue. In this case, you would need to be seen by your physician and examined for causes other than dental for your halitosis.
Regardless of the source, finding out what is causing your breath odor and having the issue handled properly is the healthy solution. Ignoring it and relying on breath mints is neither healthy nor productive. Contact Midgette Family Dentistry today and let us help you find the source of your halitosis and remedy the situation.