If you do an online search for “bad breath solution,” you will get a lot of ideas.
Some are really good advice; others are, well, questionable.
If you have bad breath (or know someone who does), then you know how awkward it can make everyday social situations. A simple conversation can become a chore to endure if one person involved has chronic bad breath.
This is a treatable problem, and if you live in Houston, your bad breath treatment can be found at the dentist office. Precise Dental of Houston can evaluate your situation and provide a solution to your problem.
Bad Breath As A Lingering Problem
The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Most people know that certain foods (garlic, onions) can bad breath temporarily. What we are talking about is a more persistent problem. Bad breath that seems to never go away.
When this problem first starts, you may be well aware of it. You may try to dismiss it as not a big deal. You could chew gum, eat a breath mint, or try one of those strips that dissolve on your tongue to freshen your breath.
In truth, these are temporary fixes to a permanent problem. That is, it will be a permanent problem unless you do something about it.
And truthfully, people have a hard time recognizing the smell of their own breath. With time, they will just stop noticing that anything is wrong.
Why You Might Have Bad Breath
In many cases, halitosis goes back to oral hygiene and what you put in your mouth.
Smoking or using other tobacco products has a bad effect on your mouth. One cigarette is not going to give you bad breath for the rest of your life.
However, smoking a pack or more a day for years or decades has an effect that’s hard to get rid of with toothpaste and some mouthwash.
Using tobacco products increases your risk of other problems that are possible causes of bad breath — gum disease and tooth decay.
Gum disease starts with milder symptoms such as red or swollen gums or gums that bleed easily, such as when you are flossing. As gum disease gets worse, bacteria continue to multiply, and these bacteria can cause an odor.
If you don’t take steps to treat your gum disease, then you may not be able to treat your bad breath, either.
Tooth decay is similar. It, too, is caused by the bacteria that live inside your mouth. Because tooth decay is not painful until it affects the inside of your tooth, you may not notice it until it is too late.
You can’t brush the insides of your teeth, which is also why untreated tooth decay can allow bacteria to grow and change the smell of your breath.
How We Can Help
If your bad breath is the result of untreated gum disease, we can fix that problem without causing you any pain.
Before we start your gum disease treatment, we apply a topical anesthetic. No injections are needed. After your gums are numbed, we do a deep cleaning procedure to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar below your gumline.
If tooth decay is the cause of your bad breath, then a restorative procedure might in order.
If your tooth can be saved, then we may need to perform a root canal treatment to remove the infected pulp from the inside of your tooth. In spite of what you may have heard, root canal procedures are relatively painless because of modern dental practices.
After your root canal, you may receive a dental crown or an onlay to cover your tooth. This will greatly reduce your risk of a new infection.
In other cases, your bad breath may be the result of not knowing the best way to clean your mouth. Our staff will be happy to show you how to brush and floss your teeth properly. This includes how to clean your tongue and how to clean dental appliances or dentures, if you have them.
And this may go without saying, if you smoke or use other tobacco products, you should make every effort to quit for the sake of your breath and your health.
Don’t Let Bad Breath Hurt You
If you have bad breath, it can leave you feeling embarrassed. You’ve probably seen the reaction on other people’s faces, even if they were too polite to say anything to you.