Chronic bad breath is embarrassing and can make you feel less confident. It can also be a sign of a more serious dental or health issue. If you have chronic bad breath, or halitosis, it is important to determine the cause. At Laguna West Dental Care, we offer diagnosis and treatment options for halitosis to help control bad breath and uncover underlying dental issues causing the odor.
Bad breath can often be caused by hidden dental or oral health problems. Bacteria can cause odor when abundant in tooth decay or gum disease. Accumulated tartar can harbor bacteria that cause gingivitis or gum disease. Not only can this affect your oral health, but it can put you at risk for other health conditions and cause bad breath. Decayed teeth or tooth infections can also be the source of bad breath. Undergoing a comprehensive dental exam can identify possible oral health issues that could be impacting your smile as well as creating an unpleasant odor.
Treatment for Bad Breath
Often, just fixing dental issues successfully treats bad breath. Removing tooth decay, treating gingivitis or undergoing a root canal for a tooth infection are common remedies for treating the symptom of bad breath. If a dental issue is not the cause of your halitosis, our dentist can recommend other options to help minimize odor. We may refer you to a physician to ensure there are not any internal causes. For many patients, completing the necessary dental work is all that is needed to stop chronic bad breath and improve oral health.
You do not need to live with embarrassing bad breath. Contact our office in Elk Grove to schedule a checkup. Our dental team can help identify and treat the causes of most bad breath issues.