Millions of people are troubled by chronic halitosis, which is more commonly referred to as bad breath. The condition is typically caused by bacteria that is trapped inside the mouth, usually on the tongue, between teeth and underneath the gums; however, chronic halitosis can also be the result of a more serious medical condition.
Many people suffering from halitosis treat the issue themselves using gum, mints or mouth rinses. Unfortunately, these remedies only work to mask the problem instead of actually solving it. At Grandridge Dental, our team is prepared to uncover the cause of a patient’s chronic halitosis and provide necessary treatment to eliminate the issue.
The most common treatment method for halitosis is to conduct a deep cleanse of the entire mouth through a professional teeth cleaning. This procedure is routinely performed during every complete dental checkup. Tongue scraping can also be effective in eliminating chronic halitosis, especially when the tongue is the direct source of the odor-causing bacteria.
Chronic halitosis can also associated with periodontitis, better known as gum disease. Our practice offers scaling and root planing treatments to help control this troubling condition. We advise patients to seek treatment for periodontitis as soon as possible in order to prevent more serious problems from developing further down the road.
Most cases of halitosis can be prevented by maintaining strong oral hygiene practices. Bad breath can be greatly reduced or even eliminated entirely by stopping the buildup of plaque and ridding the mouth of harmful, odor-causing bacteria. Patients suffering from halitosis often experience major benefits from a simple review of proper brushing and flossing techniques.
In rare cases, halitosis may be an underlying condition of a more serious medical problem. Our team will work to determine if this is indeed the case and direct the patient to an appropriate specialist who can effectively handle the problem.
If you are suffering from bad breath and you wish to receive professional help, please call us at (509) 737-1800 to schedule an appointment.