Can Visiting Your Dentist Help Cure Halitosis?

Dentist examining patient teeth with a mouth mirror and dental excavator

Bad breath, or halitosis, can be incredibly embarrassing for anyone, especially those who have tried everything to rid themselves of the condition. Sometimes, brushing your teeth two or three times a day, flossing, and avoiding smelly foods, is still not enough to bring about change.

Visiting your dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning is the first step to treating your bad breath. With help from your local dentist and their team, they will be able to identify the cause of your bad breath so you can address the problems you are having and once again feel good about your oral health.

What Is the Source of My Bad Breath?

It is common for patients to be unaware of their halitosis since people typically become accustomed to the smell of their own breath. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly may not always be able to prevent your mouth from producing an odor. Bad breath can occur in many ways through smoking, having a dry mouth, or from bacteria left behind in food particles inside the mouth. Sometimes the problem is linked to poor hygiene, which can lead to oral conditions, such as gum disease, plaque, or periodontal disease.

Maintain Non-odorous Breath

When you schedule a visit with Dr. Kohani, he will be able to determine the cause of your bad breath. Routine appointments will allow for your dentist to spot any oral issues before they become more severe, which can also prevent bad breath from further occurring.

If gum or periodontal disease is causing your halitosis, you will have to undergo professional cleaning to remove any plaque buildup or bacteria that has formed in your mouth. This can be treated using a special antimicrobial toothpaste or mouthwash recommended by your dentist. If deep pockets occur and the condition is severe, your dentist may suggest more extensive treatment.

In some cases, your bad breath may not be rooted in any oral conditions, and you may just need to visit your family physician or a specialist to determine the cause and what treatment would be best.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kohani, or if you would like to learn more about halitosis, please contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics at 858-622-1007.