Bad breath, sometimes referred to as Halitosis, is an unpleasant odor coming from the mouth. Although it is likely that the majority of adults have experienced bad breath at one time, for many patients this is a chronic condition.
Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors. Many people believe bad breath originates in the stomach or small intestine, however, this is rarely the case. Leading contributors to bad breath include:
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Mouth dryness
- Oral Diseases
- Fermentation of food particles in the mouth
- Sinus Infections
- Unclean Dentures
- Certain Medications
Most bad breath can be treated successfully with good oral hygiene and / or medical care. The most effective method of treatment for bad breath is to treat the cause. Poor oral hygiene can be easily improved through regular brushing and flossing. Daily scraping of the tongue, mouthwash and regular dental check-ups are also effective tools. However, if the cause behind your bad breath is of a medical nature, diagnosis of your condition is essential. Once this problem is resolved, we may then begin work on eliminating your bad breath.
To find out more about the treatment of bad breath, please contact Progressive Periodontics on 517-372-7347.