Also referred to as halitosis, chronic bad breath is a problem that plagues many people. While everyone will experience bad breath after eating certain foods or when they first wake up, it should not be an ongoing problem that impacts your quality of life. Dr. Wendy Willoughby is ready to help you come up with long-term solutions to quickly and effectively get rid of your bad breath. Here is a quick look at just a few of the causes of halitosis as well as some of the most common treatment options.
The Origins of Bad Breath
In many cases, halitosis can actually be a very complicated oral health condition. Immediately after eating foods such as garlic, your breath might not be pleasant for a short period of time. As long as your mouth is healthy, however, those issues should not last for very long. If your bad breath seems to linger no matter how often you brush or floss, then you might be dealing with halitosis.
This condition is generally caused by certain bacteria in your mouth. Some of the bacterium cells in your mouth are quite important and will help you digest your food and keep your gums lubricated. When your teeth and gums are not cleaned properly, harmful bacteria will quickly overwhelm the useful bacteria and spread throughout your mouth. This bacteria feeds off of the food you eat and produces unpleasant odors.
A Dental Inspection and Cleaning
The first step in this process is to set up an appointment with Dr. Willoughby to take a closer look at your teeth and gums to see if there are any additional issues that must be addressed. For some patients, halitosis is the result of serious health complications such as periodontal disease or severe tooth decay. Those issues must be addressed immediately in order to prevent additional damage. As long as your teeth and gums are relatively healthy, we might be able to treat your bad breath with a thorough cleaning. During your cleaning, our team members will remove plaque, tartar, and any other substances that might be causing the halitosis.
Advanced Cases of Halitosis
If good hygiene habits and professional cleaning sessions do not work, then we will need to explore more comprehensive treatment options. This typically begins with prescription toothpaste and mouthwash. These products are designed specifically to destroy harmful bacteria while breaking apart plaque. Dr. Willoughby might also suggest an over-the-counter mouthwash that you can use whenever you are home. Patients who are predisposed to halitosis should continue trying new hygiene products until they find an effective combination.
Some of the most severe cases of halitosis are caused by faulty tooth restoration devices such as implants, dentures, caps, crowns, and veneers. After all other treatment options have been exhausted, the dentist might suggest a more thorough inspection of your mouth including X-rays. Modern restorative devices are very durable, but they can also harbor harmful bacteria. They might need to be removed and cleaned or replaced entirely if they continue to impact your oral health.
Chronic bad breath shouldn’t prevent you from living the life you deserve. If you are having breath issues and live in the Hendersonville, Waynesville, Morganton, or Asheville, NC areas, call Dr. Willoughby to set up a consultation today!