When patients have bad breath, or “halitosis,” they may find that is has a negative impact on their social lives. They may feel self-conscious about the smell of their breath and may cover their mouths when speaking with others. They may have tried everything possible to combat their bad breath with little to no results. In situations such as this, Cincinnati area patients are urged to work with a quality dental team to determine the cause of their problem and learn about treatment options.
What causes bad breath?
There are many reasons why a patient may be diagnosed with halitosis. Bad breath can be caused by:
- Gum disease (periodontal disease)
- Medical conditions (i.e. dry mouth)
- Poor oral health habits
- Food particles in the mouth
- Smoking and chewing tobacco products
- Yeast infections
- Tooth decay
- Upper respiratory infections
- Chronic acid reflux
Because there are a variety of reasons why bad breath may be present, it is highly recommended that patients book an evaluation with their dentist to determine the cause of their problem and discuss possible solutions. Conditions that are caused by poor oral health or periodontal disease can be greatly reduced and fully treated with more thorough cleaning of the teeth, gums, and tongue as well as treatment for the bacterial infection. Other conditions, such as upper respiratory infections and chronic acid reflux that can contribute to bad breath may be addressed with medications through a primary care physician. By working with our dental team, patients can learn about their condition and discuss appropriate treatment options that meet their needs and can help in reducing or eliminating their halitosis.
Do you experience bad breath?
If you have been struggling with keeping your bad breath under control, it is time to learn more about what causes bad breath and how to tackle it—for good! Drs. Jesal Patel and Shawn Dornhecker of the Cincinnati community and surrounding cities offer halitosis evaluations and treatments. Call the office at one of our two convenient locations, including Fairfield and Bridgetown, and start taking charge of your oral health and wellness today!
Great, professional service!
Excellent service and care, Dr. Patel and her staff, are very professional, caring, and very friendly. Have recommended my friends to her location.