Bad breath, or halitosis as it is sometimes known, is more than just an embarrassing problem. In many cases, persistent bad breath can indicate a more serious dental problem that needs to be addressed. If you’ve been experiencing persistent bad breath that doesn’t seem to be connected to your diet, contact us today for an appointment. While mouth rinses and breath fresheners can act to cover up the issue, we have treatments that can address and eliminate the cause of your bad breath.
Causes of Halitosis
Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors. Most commonly, these include tooth decay, gum disease, and poor dental hygiene practices. When bacteria builds up in the tartar and plaque deposits on your teeth and gums, it can leave a film on the inside of your mouth and on your tongue that emits a foul smell. Bad personal habits such as over-consumption of caffeine and tobacco use can also cause halitosis.
Treatments for Halitosis
The treatment for your bad breath will depend on the specific cause. In most cases, a regular dental cleaning or deep cleaning will be recommended to remove any build up on the teeth and below the gum line. If you are experiencing tooth decay, your dentist will likely recommend a filling or dental bonding to correct this issue. If your dental hygiene practices are an issue, your dentist will show you the proper brushing and flossing techniques and may recommend specific toothpaste or rinses to help.
How Long Will Halitosis Treatment Take?
Just as the treatment for your halitosis will vary, so will the length of your treatment. Regular cleanings can be completed in a single visit lasting under an hour. More extensive treatment will take longer, and in some cases, multiple appointments may be required. The professionals at Kane & Kerper Dentistry understand that ridding yourself if this issue is very important to your overall well-being and self-confidence, and we will work as quickly as possible to ensure your smile is healthy once again.
If you have been experiencing halitosis or persistent bad breath, contact our office today at (805) 983-0245 or use the convenient email form below to schedule your consultation. We can determine and treat the root cause of your halitosis, restoring your smile to full health and you to full confidence as soon as possible.