Bad breath, or halitosis, affects you and the people around you. Unfortunately, you may not be aware of your breath unless someone mentions it to you. If you are the recipient of many breath mints or notice that conversations are often cut short, you may have a problem. If you do, you are not alone.
Estimates by researchers reveal that over 80 million Americans suffer from chronic halitosis. This is a common condition that can affect your relationships, and more importantly, it may be due to some health issues, some of which could be serious. Dr. Suway can help you determine the source of your halitosis and address the problem.
Discovering the source of your halitosis is the first step in resolving it. There are several reasons why you may have bad breath. If your oral hygiene is not the best, it can result in halitosis. Brushing and flossing your teeth keeps them healthy and your breath fresh.
In addition to brushing and flossing correctly, brushing the back of the tongue can help eliminate bad breath. Bacteria accumulations in this area produce odorous byproducts. Decayed teeth can also contribute to halitosis. Gum disease is another condition of the mouth that can cause problems.
Treatment for Bad Breath
A thorough oral examination is the first step in developing a treatment plan to combat halitosis. After the cause is determined, an effective plan will be put into place. This could be as simple as teaching you proper oral hygiene, treating a decayed tooth or resolving gum disease problems.
Not all cases of halitosis are caused by problems in your mouth. There are conditions of the gastrointestinal system that can also produce bad breath. If Dr. Suway cannot find a dental cause for your halitosis, you will be advised to consult your physician.
Solving the problem of halitosis is not only beneficial for you and your well-being. It also makes life pleasant for those closest to you. Contact Dr. Suway today to schedule an appointment for a thorough oral exam.