Bad breath or halitosis is a dental condition that afflicts millions across the globe.  In America alone, an estimated 65% of the population has bad breath.  This embarrassing condition can affect people of all ages and can greatly influence social interaction and self-confidence.

There are many known causes of bad breath.  However, 85% of individuals with this condition are afflicted with dental problems that are said to cause it.  Gingivitis and dry mouth are among these, and you can find helpful information about these on the other pages of this site.  These pages contain helpful discussions on the causes, nature and possible treatment plans available today.

Individuals with bad breath do not have to resign to living with it all their life.  There are effective cures, yet the treatment process starts with a thorough medical and dental examination, and diagnosis.

Diagnosis

There are individuals who are not aware they have bad breath.  A person’s nose can get used to the foul smell that it could take another individual to notice.  If you become aware of people stepping back or recoiling once you start to open your mouth, this could be a sign that you need to immediately take a self-exam or consult with a dentist for a diagnosis. Immediate action can be crucial in your defense against bad breath.

Non-chronic bad breath can be caused by the presence of bacteria in the back portion of the tongue or around the teeth. Unwashed food particles can invite bacteria to thrive and they can cause bad breath.  In such cases of bad breath, thorough oral examination and oral hygiene investigation may be required.

Once determined that your bad breath problem is caused by an underlying dental problem, the dentist will probably refer you to a specialist.  You can for instance, be referred to a periodontist if you have gum problems.

Certain non-dental conditions can also cause bad breath.  During your examination, you may also be asked for a full medical history.  Conditions like sinusitis, kidney or liver disease have been known to affect breath odor.  In this case, you may be required to see your physician.

Treatment

Treatment of halitosis will depend on the severity of the case and the cause.  Often, it only takes proper dental care to get rid of non-chronic bad breath.  If the problem persists, the dentist may prescribe anti-bacterial mouthwashes.  Over-the-counter mouth rinses often just temporarily cover up bad breath and not actually treat it.

The treatment of a more serious bad breath problem such as those caused by dental problems and other medical conditions usually starts with the treatment of the latter conditions first.  By treating the cause, bad breath can effectively be treated and avoided altogether.

Working with a Dental Team

If you suspect yourself of having bad breath, learn more about this condition through the dental problems directory onsite. You may also book an appointment with our office for a dental exam.  Working with a dental team qualified and trained to handle related dental problems can help you in your battle against bad breath.