Bad breath is a fact of life

Whether it be from your cherished morning coffee or those onions you had in your lunch salad, bad breath happens to all of us. However, when a mint or mouthwash doesn't seem to help, and we begin noticing persistent, recurring bad breath, this can have a serious impact on our relationships, career, and confidence.

So, What Causes Bad Breath?

Also known as halitosis, bad breath may be a chronic or temporary problem. On the one hand, bad breath is usually a temporary problem where an unpleasant odor may arise from the mouth or teeth. However, bad breath may also be a result of an underlying health problem.

Your dentist may recommend bad breath treatment if you:

  • Have periodontal (gum) disease
  • Wear dentures
  • Use tobacco products
  • Have dry mouth
  • Use certain medications that cause bad breath as a side effect.

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How Is Bad Breath Treated?

Before determining treatment for bad breath treatment, your dentist will conduct a thorough oral exam. This involves the dentist smelling the patient's breath or judging the smell from a tongue scraping, a line of dental floss, a nightguard, or a set of dentures. The dentist also checks your teeth and gums for wounds or infections that may cause bad breath. Finally, your dentist will use specific instruments that check the strength compounds that cause halitosis.

Bad breath Treatments Include:

  • Teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar
  • Antimicrobial mouthwash
  • Dental extractions
  • Denture replacements
  • Saliva stimulating medications for dry mouth

Bottom Line

Regular dental cleanings are the key to banishing lousy breath and restoring your ability to go about life free of bad breath woes. We can also show you techniques and devices to ensure you're getting the most out of your at-home dental hygiene practices.

At least 50% of adults have dealt with halitosis in their life, so rest assured you're not alone. With the help of Peabody Dental Care, you can feel confident knowing that your following job interview, date, special event or just plain, old everyday life won't be hindered by bad breath woes.