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Apr
10

Chronic Bad Breath

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Let’s face it, bad breath can be just plain embarrassing. Chronic halitosis (bad breath) can have a seriously negative impact of your personal and professional life. From having people back away from you as you speak, or having people turn their faces away from you, to having loved ones avoid kisses from you – bad breath can really stink, pun intended. But what many people with chronic bad breath may not be aware of is that it can actually be a sign of a more serious health problem. Bad breath should not be ignored or masked with chewing gum or mouth wash. Chronic bad breath needs professional dental care to find its source and to help treat it.

For many people, bad breath is simply a sign of poor dental hygiene. When there is a heavy presence of bacteria in the mouth it can decay and cause the breath to stink. Often times, bad breath that is caused by this can be corrected by practicing good oral hygiene at home through brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day. Keeping regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups is also a necessary part of promoting good oral health.

For some, chronic bad breath is a symptom of a much more serious problem. Prolonged sinus infections and uncontrolled diabetes often causes severe halitosis. Dry mouth that is triggered by certain medications can also lead to chronic bad breath. By seeing a dentist regarding halitosis conditions that need medical care are often brought to the attention of patients.

If you or a loved one suffers from chronic bad breath, make an appointment with your dentist. Together you can find out the cause of your halitosis and you can come up with a treatment plan that will help to minimize your chronic bad breath.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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Oct
23

Chronic Bad Breath

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Chronic bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, is a condition that negatively impacts a patient’s personal and professional life.  In addition, it can also be a sign of a serious dental or other health issue.  A dental professional should be consulted to determine if the cause of the halitosis is bacteria in the patient’s mouth or if there is another cause.

The dentist will first perform a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth to determine the patient’s overall dental health.  As most cases of chronic bad breath are a result of bacteria, the dentist will discuss the patient’s oral hygiene and make sure that they are brushing and flossing at home on a daily basis. In addition, the dentist will make sure that the patient is brushing the roof of their mouth, as well as their tongue.

After the dental exam, the dentist will be looking for such things as sinus infections or uncontrolled diabetes, both of which can cause bad breath.  In addition, the dentist will discuss any medications the patient is taking, as certain medications can cause dry mouth.  This is significant because bacteria cannot be washed away when the mouth is dry, leading to a build up of bacteria in the mouth!

Depending upon the results of the dentist’s findings, they will take steps to treat both the underlying cause and the symptoms of the patient’s bad breath.  In cases where the dentist feels that the causes are not a result of a medical condition, they will refer the patient to the appropriate medical doctor for treatment.  In most cases, chronic bad breath is easily treated once the cause is determined.  There is no need for a patient’s personal and professional life to be negatively impacted by their breath!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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