Halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, can not only be embarrassing, but it can be a sign of more serious underlying dental issues as well. If you’ve been experiencing odorous breath that isn’t caused by your diet, then you should consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS in order to receive breath treatment. Rather than trying to cover up halitosis with breath fresheners, which only mask the problems that may be exist, breath treatment allows for you to get to the root of the problem and eliminate the causes of bad breath.
What are some common causes of halitosis?
Contrary to popular belief, the leading cause of bad breath is not what you include in your diet. In actuality, there are a handful of dental issues that can result in halitosis. Gum disease, tooth decay and overall poor dental hygiene are all problems that can lead to bad breath. Bacteria that is found in plague and tartar build up on your teeth can wreak havoc with the interior of your mouth. This bacteria has the potential to cause gingivitis, gum disease, tooth loss, tooth decay, and it can produce a thin layer of build up on your tongue that emits an odor. In addition to these common dental issues, bad habits, such as smoking and drinking caffeinated beverages, can also lead to halitosis.
What can be done to eliminate halitosis?
The breath treatment plan set forth by your dentist will depend upon the issues that are found during an examination. Often a tooth cleaning will be recommended and any teeth that are decaying will be removed, in addition to any cavities being filled. This process will eliminate the plaque that is covering the enamel on your teeth and get rid of the decayed matter that may be causing the odorous breath. If your halitosis is mainly due to your poor dental hygiene, then the dentist will show you how to properly care for your teeth and gums, so that bad breath can potentially be avoided.
How long does a typical in office breath treatment last?
Just as your treatment plan will differ based upon the dental problems causing your halitosis, so will the length of the breath treatment. In certain cases the halitosis can be remedied in under an hour if a regular cleaning is all that is required. However, if the dentist should find any more serious issues that may be causing the odorous breath, then a series of treatments may be in order. Your dentist will discuss your breath treatment plan in advance, so that you will have an idea of just how long your in office halitosis treatment will last.
Don’t let bad breath prevent you from leading a fulfilled personal and professional life, call (310) 549-2400 or email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS. Using her years of experience and extensive knowledge of dentistry, Dr. Patel can get to the root of any dental issues that may be linked to unpleasant breath and help you to have a sparkling, confident smile.