Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing to live with. When brushing your teeth or using mouthwash does not curb your bad breath, you may shy away from social situations and close encounters. Halitosis is more than just a nuisance, and it can be a sign of other oral health issues. At Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we can help identify the cause of your bad breath and offer effective general dental treatment.
Bad odors in the mouth can be caused by many different issues. Everyone is susceptible to bad breath in the morning when bacteria have thrived in the mouth overnight. Typically, the odor goes away once you brush your teeth or kill the bacteria with mouthwash. When the bad odor continues, that is a sign of halitosis. Some of the causes of chronic bad breath include:
- Decayed teeth
- Periodontal disease or gum infection
- Infected tooth or abscess
Treatment for Bad Breath
The bad breath odor is often a symptom of a dental or oral health issue that needs treatment. The type of treatment depends on the problem. Often, once a decayed tooth is fixed or gum disease is treated, the bad odor also goes away. A thorough dental exam is required to determine if the halitosis is caused by an oral health issue or an internal cause for the bad breath.
If you have suffered from halitosis, come in to Dental Care Center at Kennestone for an oral health checkup. Our dentist can perform a comprehensive exam to find the cause of your bad breath and offer treatment solutions. Most halitosis causes stem from the mouth, but in rare circumstances, it can be internal. If that is the case, our dentist will refer you to your physician for further diagnosis. Contact Dental Care Center at Kennestone today to schedule your exam.