Chronic bad breath is a dental condition called halitosis. It can occur for a variety of reasons, but almost always ends up being embarrassing for the person who has it.
However, someone with halitosis does not need to suffer in silence. If you are tired of the way your breath smells even after you brush your teeth, look for bad breath treatment near you. At All Smiles Dental Care, we offer comprehensive treatment to our patients from our office in Hazlet, NJ.
While halitosis sounds like it could be a condition, it is actually just a symptom of an underlying problem. Halitosis, also called bad breath, is when someone’s breath possesses an unpleasant odor even after regular brushing.
Halitosis does not require diagnosis but it can help our dentist identify what is causing it. Some of the most frequently seen causes include poor oral hygiene, a disease like diabetes, smoking, or even a dental infection.
There is no single bad breath treatment available, even in Hazlet. Our dentists will need to ask a series of questions and examine your mouth and teeth to determine what the underlying cause is. Sometimes the culprit will be obvious, like a rotting tooth or advanced gum disease. In other cases, you might need to be referred to a medical physician to check for a more problematic issue like a chronic disease.
The first step our dentist will take to treat your bad breath is to perform a thorough dental cleaning. During this procedure, plaque is removed from the teeth and in between the gums. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria left behind by food and drink. If it is not removed properly by brushing and flossing, it can spread and start to smell as the bacteria eats away at the dental enamel and infects the gums.
At the end of your appointment, we at All Smiles Dental Care will provide some advice on how to treat halitosis at home. Treatment varies but often includes flossing every day and using a fluoridated mouthwash to eliminate plaque and bacteria.