Chronic Bad Breath or Halitosis
Chronic bad breath is also known as halitosis. Research shows that over 80 million Americans experience chronic halitosis. While breath mints and chewing gum may mask symptoms temporarily, the most effective and long-lasting dental treatments can be found at Enamel Dentistry. As your dentist in Austin, we understand the value in having a confident smile. Not only can bad breath cause you to avoid social situations, it can be an indicator of a serious oral health problem that needs to be addressed.
Treatment for Bad Breath
Treating bad breath begins with determining the cause; certain medical conditions and medications can cause halitosis. A more likely reason is poor dental care. Improving oral hygiene habits can greatly reduce bad breath concerns. Diligent brushing and flossing is necessary to remove food debris and bacteria in the mouth after eating and drinking. If these are not cleared away, they can form compounds with the bacteria in the mouth that emit a foul odor. Patients with halitosis should also focus on tongue cleaning, as millions of bacteria reside on the tongue. Bad breath is also one of the primary indicators of gum disease, an oral health condition that warrants immediate treatment.
At Enamel Dentistry, we will begin bad breath treatment with a thorough examination of your oral health, which includes an evaluation for gum disease or other dental concerns. Once we determine the cause of halitosis we will treat it appropriately. Whether we are improving bad breath with periodontal therapy or recommending a new product for your oral hygiene routine, we will work hard to eliminate this embarrassing condition so that you can have confidence in your social interactions.