Halitosis Treatment

While it’s normal to have breath after waking up in the morning or eating pungent foods, halitosis (bad breath) can be tough to tackle alone. Fortunately, Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani and the Babcock Family Dental team can help you tackle this problem in a jiffy.

Halitosis Defined

What is halitosis? Oral health experts define halitosis as a foul mouth odor that is beyond a socially acceptable level. Sometimes, bad breath worsens after smoking, drinking coffee, or waking up.

Causes of Bad Breath

It can be challenging to pinpoint the cause of halitosis on your own because there are many causes of bad breath. Here are a few of the most common causes of bad breath:

  • Diet
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Tobacco Usage
  • Certain health conditions (such as respiratory infections, diabetes, etc.)
  • Improperly cleaning dentures

Halitosis Treatment

If you struggle with halitosis, Dr. Keshwani will pinpoint what causes bad breath, then prescribe treatment.

Identifying Bad Breath Causes

Like any oral health condition, treatment starts with diagnosis, and general dentists typically diagnose this condition during routine dental cleanings and exams. Typically, dentists can diagnose this disorder based on how their mouth smells during the dental exam and an individual’s medical history.

How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath

Treatment for halitosis varies from person to person because the cause of bad breath is highly individualized. Here are some methods that Dr. Keshwani might suggest based on the source of halitosis:

  • Excessive Plaque Accumulation: Plaque contains harmful breath-causing bacteria. If Dr. Keshwani notices extensive bacterial colonies, she might prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse, a tongue brush, or other treatment.
  • Gum Disease: Dr. Keshwani can remove stubborn, inflammatory plaque and tartar at and below the gum line through a deep dental cleaning (known as scaling and root planing).
  • Preexisting Health Condition: If a specific health condition is causing bad breath, then a trip to the general physician for diagnosis and treatment might eliminate halitosis.

How to Prevent Bad Breath

Ideally, it’s best to prevent halitosis before it needs to be fixed. So, here are some straightforward ways to prevent or decrease the intensity of bad breath:

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day for two minutes.
  • Ensure to brush and scrape all areas of the mouth, including the tongue, roof of the mouth, and cheeks. Most bad breath-causing bacteria live on the tongue, so scraping it can make a huge impact.
  • Avoid dry mouth, and keep your saliva flowing by chewing sugar-free gum, consuming crunchy produce, and (of course) drinking plenty of water.
  • Schedule regular dental visits so that your general dentist can effectively remove plaque and tartar accumulation as well as identify oral health problems that cause bad breath.
  • Do you smoke? If so, please quit for better-smelling breath and a healthy body.

Want to know how to get rid of bad breath permanently?

If you’ve already exhausted simple bad breath remedies (like brushing your teeth or chewing on mints), you deserve an answer to this embarrassing problem.  call 210-732-3333 or book an appointment  to finally learn how to fix bad breath for good.