Bad breath can be an embarrassing oral health concern that can affect patients of all ages. Bad breath, also referred to as halitosis, can make social interaction uncomfortable and may even affect your everyday relationships. Although bad breath may be a result of certain types of food, it can also and an indication of poor oral health. Due to the fact that halitosis may be an indication of a serious health concern, it is important to visit an experienced dentist for a comprehensive exam to determine the appropriate treatment.
The first step in treating halitosis is finding the root cause. Dr. Bourgeois can work with you to find the right solution to eliminate bad breath and improve your oral health.
Following a healthy oral hygiene routine can help keep the teeth clean and the breath fresh. Bad habits like poor oral hygiene and smoking may affect your breath and your oral health, so it is essential that you consider changing poor habits that can affect the breath.
During your visit, your dentist will perform a comprehensive exam to determine the cause of halitosis. As stated, the treatment for bad breath will be dependent on the underlying cause. Halitosis may be the result of one or more oral health concerns including:
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Gum Disease
- Dry Mouth
- Tooth Decay
- Acid Reflux
In some cases, halitosis may be the result of some medication. Dr. Bourgeois may need to work with your primary care physician to determine the best course of action if your halitosis is a result of medication use.
Preventing Bad Breath
Preventive dental care can minimize your chance of developing certain oral health concerns. There are steps patients can take to prevent halitosis.
- Practice excellent oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis to prevent bacteria buildup which may lead to bad breath. Patients should also brush their tongue because bacteria buildup can accumulate on the tongue and may cause bad breath.
- Visit the dentist for routine dental checkups. Regular visits to our Sudbury dental office allows our team to thoroughly examine the teeth and gums for any complex dental problems.
- Quit smoking and tobacco use. Tobacco use can stain the enamel and may result in bad breath.
- Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated may help with saliva production. Saliva helps keep the breath fresh and minimizes the amount of debris and bacteria that latch on to your teeth.