What Causes Halitosis?
Bad breath, also referred to as halitosis, is caused by oral bacteria that live within the plaque throughout your oral environment and tartar on your teeth. When these deposits remain in the mouth, they provide a place for bacteria to grow and thrive. Bacteria may then produce sulfur-compounds, which emit a malodor. If not removed, plaque and tartar buildup may also cause gingivitis or possibly more advanced phases of gum disease and further exacerbate halitosis. Trusted Dental Care is pleased to offer personalized treatment to combat bad breath and help improve your overall dental and oral health. We encourage you to visit Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot at our caring Wylie, TX practice for a dental exam if you notice an increase in or persistent bad breath, as it can be a sign of a more serious condition.
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Best Candidates for Care
Though bad breath can be the result of certain foods, medications, or lifestyle factors, any halitosis that does not resolve should be evaluated by Dr. G. Many individuals that deal with halitosis will generally notice a bad taste in their mouth, which persists even with regular teeth brushing and mouthwash use. Those who wear dentures but do not frequently clean them may develop halitosis. In other cases, bad breath may result from or be an indicator of gum disease. Apart from these oral concerns, there are several health conditions that can lead to bad breath, including kidney disease, a sinus infection, chronic bronchitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Patients experiencing halitosis should schedule a consultation to learn whether or not they may be an ideal candidate for bad breath treatment.
How We Treat Halitosis
A consultation for bad breath treatment will begin with an exam by Dr. G. to assess your gums and teeth for possible causes of your halitosis. Dr. G. will then determine which treatment could be ideal for targeting the cause of your bad breath and refreshing your oral health. The very first course of action is for you to receive a dental cleaning or periodontal therapy to remove any buildup of tartar or plaque. We will also show you how to effectively floss, brush, and clean your tongue, which often harbors malodor-producing bacteria. In some instances, antimicrobial mouth rinses may be recommended to minimize bacteria growth and resultant bad breath.
Following Bad Breath Treatment
It is essential that you keep an appropriate oral hygiene routine at home after receiving any dental treatments for halitosis. Maintaining routine dental visits for cleanings and checkups at Trusted Dental Care will allow our hygienists to remove plaque and tartar accumulation, helping to minimize the occurrence of future bad breath. If symptoms persist following halitosis therapy, we may refer you to your primary doctor to evaluate for other health issues.
Trusted Dental Care proudly accepts a large number of dental plans and will work with your insurer to maximize your coverage and benefits. Before starting your halitosis treatment, we will provide an estimate on insurance coverage and any anticipated out-of-pocket costs. Our practice strives to make your family's dental care stress-free and convenient by offering an array of flexible payment solutions, including special financing plans.
Smile With Confidence
Halitosis can be embarrassing and could cause you to feel very self-conscious. In addition, it can be a sign of a more serious medical condition involving your health. Dr. G. can help get to the bottom of your condition and eliminate bad breath with personalized care to restore a fresh, confident smile. Contact Trusted Dental Care in Wylie, TX right away to schedule your consultation.