Bad Breath May Be a Sign of Serious Dental Health Concerns

No one wants to have bad breath. There is a whole industry in breath mints, chewing gum and breath freshener products that are designed to cover up any problems with bad breath, also known as halitosis.

The problem is that covering up the halitosis doesn’t cure the problem. For many people bad breath is caused by poor dental hygiene practices that leave food, bacteria and small debris in the mount to decay. It may also be a sign of infections already present in the gums, a very serious dental health risk known as gum disease or Periodontitis.

Halitosis may also be caused by other factors as well. Some can include diet, sleep, age and hormonal changes as well as stress levels. Some medicines and medical treatments, including radiation therapy for cancer patients, may also cause the condition. Diseases such as diabetes, kidney and liver failure, digestive disorders or internal infections can also be at the root of the problem.

Haliatosis in Baytown, TX | Dr. Hutto, Aesthetic Family Dentistry

Dr. Hutto’s Recommendations for Treating Halitosis

The good news is that halitosis can be treated, usually by very simple changes in your oral hygiene routine. Dr. Dean Hutto can recommend specific products and oral hygiene changes after an initial examination to help you to get rid of the bad breath problems.

Possible recommendations Dr. Hutto may make include:

  • Regular semi-annual or more frequent dental cleanings based on your current oral health status
  • Daily brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning practices
  • The use of a professional breath kits such as CloSYSll
  • Repair or removal of decayed or damaged teeth
  • Treatment of any gum disease using antibiotics, deep cleaning and other technologies

Professional breath kits will include specially formulated products that destroy the volatile sulfur compounds in mouth that are the cause of halitosis.

Schedule an Appointment with Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, TX

If you have frequent or chronic halitosis it is important to have an examination to check for any signs of gum disease or other serious dental problems. Schedule an appointment today at (832) 514-3922 to see Dr. Hutto.

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