Bad Breath Treatment

Are people avoiding talking to you or pulling away during conversations? If so, bad breath may be the culprit. Halitosis or bad breath is a widespread problem. Between 50-60% of Americans are afflicted with halitosis at some point. With advances in dentistry and a modern understanding of oral health, there are new ways of preventing halitosis.

What is the cause of bad breath?

Halitosis generally starts in the mouth by bacteria that attacks food debris. The process of bacteria breaking the food particles down is called VCS (volatile sulfur compounds). It creates an odor. Since the type of bacteria that engages in this process requires an oxygen-free environment, this process usually takes place in areas of the mouth that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. This can include pockets in the tissues surrounding the teeth as well as the surface of the tongue. For some individuals, oral odor can be caused by diabetes or lung or sinus problems. A medical examination is important in ensuring there are to systemic health problems, of which bad breath is a symptom. Products such as tobacco, alcohol, or alcohol products as well as odorous foods like onions, garlic, or spicy foods, can contribute to bad breath. Oral bacteria is the main source of halitosis, however.

What is the solution to halitosis?

Once it is established that bacteria is the source of your bad breath, different treatment options are available. Dr. Javdan will give you a periodontal exam to ensure periodontal disease is not present. Proper oral hygiene will help get rid of bacteria in your mouth. You can think of cleaning your mouth as disinfecting it. It is important to clean areas where bacteria may accumulate. Brushing, flossing, and the use of mouth rinses are part of this process.