Halitosis (or Bad Breath)


Halitosis at The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, West Hartford, CT
Your smile plays a critical role in the way that others see you. A great smile filled with perfectly straight, bright white teeth can leave a powerful impression. However, even if you have the perfect smile, your first impressions can be ruined by bad breath. If your breath is always bad, a condition known as halitosis; it can have a significant impact on your social life as well as your quality of life. It can also indicate an underlying issue. The Elmwood Dental Group LLC is here to help.

What Is Halitosis?


Halitosis is the technical term for bad breath. This type of bad breath cannot be eliminated with regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwashes, mints, and gums cannot help either. No matter what you do, your breath still does not smell pleasant. Unlike the breath, you experience first thing in the morning, or the breath you experience after eating certain types of foods, such as onions, garlic, or tuna, halitosis lingers. In addition to a foul odor, halitosis can indicate a more serious underlying issue.

Causes of Halitosis


There a few different issues that can lead to halitosis. These issues include:
•  Oral health complications, including gum disease and cavities.
•  Infections. Sinusitis, respiratory tract infections, and other infections that impact your nose, mouth, and throat can cause post-nasal drip, which can affect your breath.
•  Cigarettes and other tobacco products. These products contain numerous chemicals that have strong odors that can linger in your mouth.
•  Dry mouth. Also called xerostomia, dry mouth is a condition in which your mouth does not have enough saliva. This can contribute to excessive bacterial growth. Dry mouth has many causes, including certain medications, alcohol, and smoking.
•  Certain medical conditions, including issues with your kidneys or liver.

Treatment Options for Halitosis


Brushing and flossing every day is essential not only for eliminating plaque, bacteria, and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth, but it also helps to keep your breath smelling fresh. In addition to brushing your teeth, it is also important that you brush your tongue, which can harbor bacteria under papillae. If you wear partial or full dentures, it is essential that you clean them every day in addition to caring for your mouth to eliminate bacterial growth.

If your halitosis is caused by cavities or gum disease, it is essential that these issues be treated right away. Without treatment, they only continue to grow worse, affecting your oral health, your smile, and your breath.

If you are suffering from halitosis, we can perform a thorough oral exam to get to the root of the issue. We look over your teeth and your gums, checking for signs of cavities and infections. Once we determine the cause, we are then able to create a custom treatment plan to help solve the issue. Treatment may include fillings, scaling and root planing, or a prescription mouthwash. In some cases, we may refer you out to a specialist if your bad breath is caused by a health-related issue. With the right treatment, we can help you to eliminate your halitosis and restore your quality of life.

Halitosis can have a serious impact on your life, causing you to withdraw from and avoid certain social situations. Fortunately, there is help. For more information on halitosis, and to schedule your consultation, call The Elmwood Dental Group LLC at (860) 331-8748 today.
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