Bad breath may not seem like a dental concern, but it is a condition we treat at Twin Dental all the time! Also known as halitosis, bad breath is easily improved. We cite several causes:
- Strong foods like garlic and onions
- Periodontal disease
- Dry mouth
- Improper or inconsistent dental homecare
Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is the initial step in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue’s surface is made up of many tiny fissures. Small particles of food can get trapped in these fissures and begin to decompose. Bacteria thrives in areas where oxygen is limited. The bad breath odor occurs as a result of the multiplication of these bacterium.
Gum disease is another source of bacteria. The plaque and tartar that build up around your teeth and gums create pockets that trap food and bacteria, eventually leading to the same effects as the tongue. The treatment of periodontal disease will help treat the bad breath symptoms.
At our office, we first remove the bacteria from your mouth through a professional cleaning. If your bad breath is caused by dry mouth, we will investigate the origin and suggest treatment options. We will also let you know if we discover evidence of any medical condition. Next, we will work with you to specify a home care routine, including daily brushing and flossing. We may add tongue cleaning and an anti-bacterial rinse. Depending on your circumstances, we might suggest several follow-up appointments to monitor your success and adjust your efforts if necessary.
Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing, but the good news is that with the right tools, regular care in our Cincinnati office, and a proper home routine, it’s reversible. We aim for immediate results. Call us today so you can soon be enjoying fresh breath and a healthier mouth.