Bad breath (medically known as halitosis) is a very common, but very embarrassing dental problem that millions of Americans have at some point in their lives. Some of the most common “remedies” for bad breath actually make the problem worse. If you suffer from chronic halitosis, Dr. Virk, an experienced Spokane cosmetic dentist can treat your embarrassing problem.
An estimated 40 million Americans have chronic bad breath, and there is no cure for 90% of halitosis cases. However, with long-term management, this problem can be controlled with professional fresh breath treatment.
No matter how often you brush and floss, you may have had a loved one or friend tell you that you have bad breath. Don’t panic! This is a highly manageable dental problem that we see every day in our Spokane dental office. Many people erroneously believe that bad breath is due to lack of good dental hygiene. That is usually not the case. In fact, bad breath can be a sign of a serious medical disorder, and you may need the help of a medical doctor to get to the root cause of halitosis. After a thorough evaluation in our office, we will be able to suggest treatment options for you or we may recommend that you visit your general practitioner for a medical diagnosis.
Causes of Halitosis
The four most common causes of bad breath are as follows:
In these four cases, regardless of how much you brush and floss, the bad breath will always be there. Treatment for bad breath is contingent upon the cause of the bad breath, and only an experienced cosmetic dentist can accurately diagnose the cause of your halitosis so you have come to the right place. The most common cause of chronic bad breath is bacteria in the mouth that produce sulfur-containing gases that give the mouth a “rotten-egg” smell. Definitely not a pleasant odor for your partner or colleagues to smell when in close proximity to you.
Treatment of Halitosis
Treatment for bad breath is usually simple; the real challenge lies in finding out what has caused the bad breath. Another problem is that people can become accustomed to their own breath, so they may not even be able to smell their own breath. This is when it is nice to have loved ones who can be honest with you and point out your problem. Since the causes of halitosis vary so much and some causes have to do with medical issues, we really cannot offer many “cures” here for this common problem. We can, however, offer some remedies for the problem that do work for some (but not for everyone):
If you suffer from halitosis and have had no success treating this problem at home, please contact our Spokane cosmetic dental office today so we can figure out what is causing this annoying problem.
Watch this helpful video to see if you have bad breath: