Do You Always Seem To Have Bad Breath? We Can Help
Halitosis | Bad Breath Treatment in Sterling Heights, MI
There are some problems that are simply embarrassing. Smiling and showing off stained, crooked teeth is certainly one of them, which is why we offer cosmetic dentistry treatments and Invisalign orthodontics. But one of the more embarrassing problems is when breath smells so bad. Imagine leaning in for a kiss, only to see that person cringe. If you have a persistent problem with bad breath, it could be much more than what you eat. You might be suffering from halitosis.
Difference Between Bad Breath And Halitosis
Everyone has bad breath from time to time. Certain foods like garlic, cheese, or onions can cause a faint, foul odor in your mouth, as can smoking or alcohol. But bad breath brought on by these is normally taken care of through regular dental hygiene like brushing your teeth or using a mouthwash. However, bad breath becomes halitosis when you have bad breath more often than not, especially if you haven’t done anything that normally causes bad breath. If your breath smells bad soon after you’ve cleaned your mouth, or if you always seem to have that problem, you could very well have halitosis.
What Causes Halitosis?
There are several possible causes of halitosis. The first is bad dental hygiene. If you regularly skip brushing and/or flossing, food particles could be stuck there, creating a bad smell. The same is true if you regularly eat the foods that cause bad breath or smoke and drink a lot. Your breath is certainly not going to smell fresh if you smoke a pack a day! Fungal infections, acid reflux, and a poor diet can all contribute to halitosis.
But two worrying causes of bad breath are gum disease and tooth decay. Your mouth is home to harmful bacteria, which is why regular cleanings and exams are so important. These bacteria can release sulfur when they sit there long enough, and since they won’t go away on their own, they could be behind this.
To help determine the cause and severity of halitosis, Dr. Ardelean can perform saliva testing. In this procedure, we test a sample of your saliva for bacteria and sulfur compounds left behind by bacteria. This can help us determine how best to treat your halitosis.
Fight Halitosis or Bad Breath, Regain Confidence!
The exact treatment depends on what is causing the persistent halitosis. If it’s coming from bacteria-causing tooth decay, our restorative dentistry treatments can remove the bacteria and seal up the area to help prevent them from appearing there again. If gum disease is behind it, gum disease treatments like root planing and scaling can get rid of the bacteria and plaque that’s irritating your gums. But in many cases, halitosis can be managed by properly cleaning your teeth and tongue and being careful with what you eat and drink.
Again, everyone has bad breath from time to time. But if you are constantly dealing with a bad smell from your mouth, this could be a sign of a more serious issue. Fight your problem against it with our bad breath treatment in Sterling Heights, MI , call us today at 586-739-1111 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment or to let us know if you have any questions about bad breath treatment in Sterling Heights, MI.