As many as 20 percent of us suffer from chronic halitosis, colloquially known as bad breath. The condition can cause tremendous discomfort to individuals as well as the people around them, especially during face-to-face meetings and intimate moments. This, in turn, leads to low self-confidence and other issues. Fortunately, a dentist can help eliminate halitosis.
What Causes Halitosis?
People who suffer from this condition often assume that it’s a result of their poor dental hygiene. A common solution is to increase the frequency of flossing, brushing and rinsing. Unfortunately, these methods are not necessarily effective, because halitosis is not always a result of poor hygiene.
Instead, halitosis happens because:
- Food particles get stuck in our teeth
- Bacteria start breaking down and “digesting” those small food particles
- Bacteria proliferate, causing an unpleasant smell and damaging enamel
Often, these problems happen because food particles end up in hard-to-reach places that we can’t reach ourselves. In other words, it can be quite impossible to get rid of halitosis by yourself.
What Can You Do?
The good news is that halitosis is easily curable by a professional dentist. Our doctors can remove all of the food which gets stuck in your teeth and clean up calcified plaque that’s extremely difficult to remove with a toothbrush. Afterwards, our dentists provide you a list of products and procedures to use at home to curb bacteria production and proliferation. The end result is lower plaque production, meaning fewer bacteria and less risk of tooth decay; fresh breath and cleaner teeth.
In some rare cases, a series of treatments may be necessary to treat particularly advanced halitosis. Sometimes, halitosis is the product of a dead tooth or advanced dental decay and may require auxiliary procedures (like a filling). Most of the time though, a single visit to our doctors will help eliminate bad breath and its by-products for good.
If you have any questions regarding halitosis treatment, call Acadia Dental at (732) 290-1660. Our staff will be happy to give you a free quote and help you sign up for halitosis treatment at a convenient time.