In some cases, it could be the garlic in your spaghetti sauce, but more frequently, what we think of as “bad breath” (known medically as halitosis) is caused by a build-up of bacteria as a result of inadequate dental hygiene or a condition like periodontal disease.
While you can chew gum and swish mouthwash hoping to mask the problem, these are only temporary solutions. To truly solve the breath problem, you will need to visit our office so that we can perform an examination and truly get to the bottom of your bad breath.
When Bad Breath Becomes A Serious Problem
The first thing we’ll look at is your oral hygiene routine. Are you brushing frequently enough? Do you have plaque building up on your teeth (bacteria love plaque; it’s like a cozy little home for them)? Are you flossing or are your gums red and inflamed? Most of the time, making simple tweaks and improvements to your self-care routine will be enough to improve your breath.
But if it isn’t, then you might have a more serious problem. Bad breath is usually one of the most prominent indicators of periodontal disease. Recent studies have linked periodontal disease to a number of chronic systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, so you can see why we want to keep this infection under control.
If you have periodontal disease, we’ll discuss treatments like deep cleanings and medication to stop the progress and restore health to your gums. Call our office today to schedule your examination at, White Park Dental.