Foul breath is not only unpleasant and a social embarrassment, but it can also be a sign that your oral or physical health needs attention. Persistent bad breath is medically known as halitosis. At the office of Modern Day Smiles, we offer comprehensive treatment for bad breath caused by dental issues.
What causes bad breath?
The bacteria present on the tongue, tonsils, and throat areas are anaerobic. They produce a sulfur compound while breaking down the proteins present in food, blood, mucous, or diseased oral tissue causing a foul odor. Additionally, dry mouth caused due to medication provides a perfect environment for oral bacteria to reproduce. In the absence of proper dental care, bacterial buildup can aggravate your halitosis condition.
Bad Breath Treatment
The treatment for bad breath depends upon the cause. If your halitosis is a result of poor oral hygiene, a professional dental cleaning followed by maintenance of proper home care can help freshen your breath. If it is being caused by gum disease, then a deep dental cleaning called scaling and root planing is performed to help you eliminate a periodontal infection. For people suffering from dry mouth, proper hydration is advised and mouth rinses can be prescribed.
You can also follow simple and effective home care tips listed below to eliminate bad breath:
- Maintain good oral hygiene and clean your tongue, the roof of your mouth and your inner cheeks while brushing.
- Visit our practice regularly for oral exams and professional cleanings.
- Prevent dry mouth with chewing gum, lozenges, or mints that are sugar-free.
- Eat a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables.
If you need more information about the prevention and treatment of bad breath, please feel free to contact our practice. Call us at (813) 296-2366. Our office is conveniently located at 7002 Sheldon Road, Tampa, FL 33615.