Halitosis, or bad breath, is not just embarrassing, it can also be a symptom of oral health issues. If you have been told you have bad breath or you notice people giving you distance in social situations, it may be time to seek general dental treatment. At Columbine Creek Dentistry, we can assist in finding the root cause of bad breath and give you relief from this condition.
Bad breath can be caused by internal or intestinal issues, but more often it is based in the mouth. Everyone has bad breath from time to time; but brushing, flossing and mouthwash are usually effective at killing the bacteria that cause temporary bad breath. Halitosis is chronic bad breath that does not go away even when the teeth and mouth are clean.
Often the cause of halitosis is a dental or oral health issue. Gum disease can cause bad breath; the same bacteria that cause gum infections can also lead to halitosis. Decay or infected teeth can also cause halitosis. Mouth breathing and a dry mouth can perpetuate the issue, making bad breath harder to control.
Treatment for halitosis or chronic bad breath depends on the underlying cause. If gum disease or a dental issue is the reason for the problem, treating these oral issues can also stop the halitosis. A thorough exam and professional cleaning are the first steps to finding the issue. If no dental problems are present, prescription mouthwash, tongue gels and scrapers for the tongue can help combat bacteria.