O’Fallon Dentist Helps People Overcome Chronic Bad Breath
When many people think of bad breath, they think about temporary odors related to odorous foods and drinks. A strong cup of coffee, onions, and garlic can all leave their marks. This type of malodorous breath is common, expected, and not really something to worry about. While it’s certainly a temporary inconvenience, it isn’t indicative of a larger problem.
The more concerning type of bad breath is chronic, and unrelated to food and drink. If you are dealing with persistent bad breath that seems particularly difficult to treat, it could be due to an underlying oral health issues. Keep reading to learn more from our O’Fallon dentists.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the same oral bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease also release unpleasant odors when they grow and multiply. For this reason, periodontal disease is the leading causes of halitosis among adult dental patients.
In order to effectively freshen your breath, it’s vital that you receive treatment for any existing oral health problems from which you may be suffering. This means treating dental cavities and restoring effected teeth, as well as eliminating periodontal disease.
Keep in mind that many short-term solutions to bad breath, including mints and gum, can actually make bacteria-caused halitosis worse. Many of these breath-freshening agents contain appreciable amounts of sugar, which feed and strengthen harmful bacteria. So, while you may notice a momentary improvement after chewing some gum, you may be exacerbating the underlying problem.
Our O’Fallon dentists provide treatments that refresh your smile and minimize the number of oral bacteria in your mouth. Once your smile is clean, your oral tissues will have a chance to heal and regenerate. Our dental team may suggest that you use certain mouth rinses or dental tools to keep you smile healthy, and to aid in the healing process.
As always, our team is here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, and fresh, smile! Give us call to get started!