When you have bad breath, it can affect your self-confidence in social situations. You may be embarrassed or shy away from close encounters with others. More importantly, it could be a sign of other health issues. If you have been told you have bad breath or have noticed a bad odor coming from your mouth that does not go away, you may have halitosis, or chronic bad breath. Come see our oral health professionals at Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for general dentistry treatment. We can help find the cause of your bad breath and offer effective treatment.
The cause of halitosis is often inside the mouth. When brushing, flossing and using mouthwash do not rid your mouth of bad breath, there is usually an oral health issue causing the odor. Some common causes of halitosis include gum disease, decay or tooth infections. The bacteria present in these oral health issues can cause a bad odor that does not go away with regular cleaning or mouthwashes.
Treatment for Bad Breath
Treating halitosis or bad breath starts with finding the cause of the odor. Our dentist will perform a thorough exam and look for any dental or gum issues. Once the source is found, treatment can be offered to fix the issue and stop the bad odor. You may need decay removed or a root canal performed for a severely infected tooth. In some cases, all that is really needed is a deep cleaning to remove tartar that is harboring bacteria in your mouth.
If you do not have any dental or gum problems, we can offer treatments to combat the bacteria that cause bad breath. Tongue scrapers, special mouthwash and other options are available to treat bad breath. In some cases, severe halitosis can be caused by an internal issue. If this is the case, our dentist will refer you to your personal physician for further evaluation.
You should never live with the embarrassment of bad breath. It is usually a symptom of an oral health issue that can be treated at our office in Dunwoody. Contact our office today to schedule an exam to get to the source of your halitosis and receive treatment.