Bad breath can be a turnoff causing embarrassment in both personal and professional interactions. Bad breath can be as simple to solve as chewing a piece of sugar free gum. But, chronic bad breath may be a sign of more complex dental health concerns.
If you are suffering from persistent bad breath, contact our Lilburn, GA dentist office for a comprehensive oral exam. Dr. Harry McCool will find the root of your bad breath so you can enjoy a fresh, healthy and confident smile.
Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors. Of course there is bad breath caused by foods such as onions and garlic, but that smell should subside with a thorough brushing and floss. Bad breath becomes a dental concern if proper oral hygiene does not make it go away. When bad breath lingers, it could be a sign you have dry mouth, tooth decay, or gum disease. As with most oral health concerns, these dental health issues are progressive, and should be taken care of as soon as possible.
Causes of Halitosis
- Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when saliva production slows. Saliva is needed to wash away debris and to keep oral bacteria in check. Saliva production may slow if you are dehydrated, if you are taking certain medications or due to hormonal changes. Dry mouth is a known risk factor for increased chance of developing adult cavities.
- Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is one of the most common dental concerns in adults and children. Early diagnosis is essential to avoid complex restorative dental treatments like tooth extraction or root canals. Dr. McCool offers white fillings for the discrete treatment of minor tooth decay. Once your tooth decay is treated you may experience a decrease in consistent halitosis.
- Gum Disease: Consistent bad breath may be an indicator you are developing gum disease. Gum disease is a oral health concern that may also impact your systemic health. Gum disease, if left untreated can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, or even bone deterioration.
Schedule An Appointment
Schedule a visit to our Lilburn, GA dentist office to determine the cause of your halitosis. Regular visits to Dr. McCool may also help diagnosis complex oral health concerns in the earliest stages when they can be addressed with conservative dental treatments. Remember to also brush and floss twice a day to keep your smile bright and healthy!