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Halitosis (Bad Breath) Treatment
Did you know that 1 in 4 people suffer from having bad breath, also known as halitosis? This incredibly common condition is not only unpleasant, but it can also be highly embarrassing. Nobody wants to be that person who leans in to another person and, witness in shock and dismay; them wilt away from you. While chewing gum and sucking on mints and lozenges can help mask the odor, to properly eliminate bad breath once and for all, you need to give us here at David Crumpton, DDS a visit so we can help you get rid of the offensive odor and restore your confidence once again.
Causes and Treatment for Halitosis
Bad breath has several causes, but the number one reason most people struggle with it is due to poor oral hygiene. When brushing and flossing fall to the wayside, bacteria can form on your teeth and along your gumline. These bacteria give off sulfur compounds, which results in a rotten odor in your mouth. This can be highly embarrassing for many people who may not even be aware of their role in maintaining fresh breath.
Other causes of halitosis include smoking and using other tobacco products, dehydration, certain medications, trapped food between your teeth, a respiratory infection, or even other conditions like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Fortunately, halitosis is usually easily treated, giving you a chance to be free from this condition and the associated embarrassment.
If you suspect that you may have bad breath, one quick and easy test is the “lick test.” When nobody is looking, discreetly lick the inside of your wrist. Allow your saliva to dry down, then smell it. If your wrist smells bad, then there’s a very high likelihood that you have halitosis.
If you have bad breath, you can treat it at home by stopping smoking or using other tobacco products, making sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, and brush your tongue afterward. You may also modify your diet and avoid eating onions or garlic, which have similar sulfur compounds in them that can cause a gross odor in your mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, take a hard look at how much water you drink daily and make sure you get at least 64 ounces (eight cups) every day. Chewing sugar-free gum can improve saliva flow in your mouth to help you improve your dry mouth.
It’s easy to diagnose halitosis in our office. We can use an array of equipment and tests, such as a half meter or gas chromatography (to detect sulfur compounds), or we can detect the enzymes that cause bad breath with a BANA or beta-galactosidase test. If we find that you have halitosis, we may recommend a comprehensive dental cleaning. If you have gum disease, we will address that and help treat any underlying infection that can be causing it. We may also advise changes to your diet, such as reducing your sugar consumption. Of course, regular dental appointments to help catch tooth decay and ensure your teeth are regularly cleaned can also benefit you.
If you’re struggling from bad breath, you do not need to feel shy about it any longer. The skilled and compassionate staff here at David Crumpton, DDS will help you quickly diagnose and treat this uncomfortable condition. Please give us a call today at 817-678-7395 to schedule an appointment with a comprehensive dental cleaning and start your journey to a clean and fresh mouth right away!