Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is an embarrassing condition that can threaten both your self-esteem and personal relationships. However, bad breath can also be a warning sign that your oral health needs attention, especially if you struggle to remedy or control your foul breath odor. At West Hill Family Dental, we are equipped to give each patient the confident and healthy smile they deserve. For some, this includes effective halitosis treatment that offers long-lasting relief from embarrassing breath odor.
While it is common to have offensive breath after eating onions or garlic, it is cause for concern when your halitosis is a chronic struggle. Halitosis on a daily basis is often the result of excess oral bacteria. When bacteria isn’t removed, it feeds and breeds in your mouth. This process emits a foul-smelling sulfur compound that results in unpleasant breath odor. It is understandable, therefore, that poor oral hygiene is a leading cause of halitosis. Other dental issues that can lead to bad breath are dry mouth, infection, decay and gum disease. These are conditions that need prompt attention from your dentist. It is important that the cause of your halitosis is addressed instead of just masking it with mints or chewing gum.
Treatment for Bad Breath
The way we treat your bad breath will be determined by the cause of your halitosis. You can trust that our office uses a compassionate, patient-centered approach when diagnosing your bad breath. We will work hard to create a treatment plan to bring you long-term relief. Dr. Hemphill will first conduct a thorough exam of your teeth and gums to check for signs of decay or disease. In many cases, a deep cleaning can be performed to rid your mouth of lingering bacteria and plaque and help you attain fresh and confident breath. A root canal or periodontal disease therapy may sometimes be necessary to restore your oral health and prevent bad breath episodes.
Regardless of what you need to eradicate bad breath, you can trust that we will keep you comfortable and informed at every step. As a patient of West Hill Family Dental, you can expect superior care in a relaxing atmosphere. If you find yourself battling persistent bad breath, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. We are confident we can help you find an effective and long-term solution to halitosis.