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What Causes Bad Breath?

Some patients are aware of it, while others are not. Bad breath can come and go for some based on what they had for dinner or if they are dealing with a cold. However, some patients constantly deal with bad breath and may are unsure as to how to combat it.

What is halitosis?

Halitosis is the medical definition for “bad breath.” Patients who notice an increase in bad breath may be dealing with a symptom of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that starts in the smile due to poor oral hygiene. One of the symptoms is an increase in bad breath, due to the bacteria that is in the mouth. Even if you brush your teeth and even your tongue, you may have a lingering smell that can be off-putting to others. So how do you address halitosis caused by periodontal disease?

Treating periodontal disease

Treatment of periodontal disease will often address halitosis caused by the condition. But before treatment can be started, patients will need to have an evaluation with Dr. John A. Garza. During this appointment, he can determine the source of the problem and make a recommendation for treatment. Those with periodontal disease will need to be evaluated further to decide the stage at which the condition has reached and the most appropriate treatment to bring the smile back to health. The earlier stages of periodontal disease can improve with a thorough cleaning at the dental office, while later stages may require invasive scaling and root planing or the application of antibiotics to the soft tissues in the mouth. With treatment, many patients can bring their smile back to health—and address bad breath once and for all!

Other tips for improving bad breath

Bad breath can be combated in the following ways:

  • Brushing the tongue
  • Flossing the teeth daily to remove food particles
  • Chewing flavored, sugar-free gum
  • Using a mouthwash after brushing and throughout the day as needed
  • Avoiding beverages that can linger behind and contribute to bad breath
  • Using a proper toothpaste
  • Brushing after every meal

Experiencing halitosis?

You may be struggling with periodontal disease. Gilbert, AZ area patients who are interested in learning how to tackle their bad breath are encouraged to book an appointment with Dr. John A. Garza by calling the office at (480) 539-7979 today!

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