Halitosis is what it’s called when your breath has a foul odor. Chronic bad breath can cause self-consciousness, embarrassment, and even the avoidance of family, friends, and social activities. While it’s often caused by neglecting your dental hygiene habits, halitosis can also be an indication of more serious dental health issues.
Causes Of Halitosis
Below are a few of the most common of halitosis:
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Food debris accumulating in the mouth or between teeth
- Lack of saliva (known as ‘dry mouth’)
- Periodontal (gum) disease
If plaque and food debris are allowed to build up in the mouth, they can be the cause of the foul odor associated with halitosis and bad breath. This is why it’s important to make sure you’re properly brushing, flossing, and receiving regular dental cleanings and exams.
How To Treat Halitosis
Halitosis is never a fun diagnosis to hear, but the good news is that your dentist can treat it. Treatment of halitosis includes a deep, professional, thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. If periodontitis exists you may need to visit our specialist, Dr. Ryan Jenkins. A cleaning will eliminate the plaque and bacteria that cause the odor. Additionally, your dentist will teach you the proper dental hygiene techniques that can help you avoid halitosis in the future.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath or have any questions regarding this issue, reach out or make an appointment with Dr. Ryan Jenkins. Please don’t hesitate to contact Littleton Implants & Periodontics today. Our office is located in Littleton, CO.