Bad Breath / Halitosis

Bad Breath / Halitosis

At one time or another everyone has bad breath. During sleep the flow of saliva is reduced, causing what we all know as morning breath. Eating foul smelling foods like garlic, onion, seafood, and cheeses can also contribute to unpleasant mouth odor. But if you suffer from persistent foul breath, this may be a sign of a serious health issue that needs medical attention.

Bad Breath Causes in Sterling

The bad mouth odor may indicate:

  • Advanced gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Foods or drinks with strong smells
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use

In addition, halitosis may be caused by health concerns including diabetes, acid reflux, kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, and respiratory tract infection.

People with consistent breath odor day in and day out tend to get used to the smell so they’re often oblivious to it.

Bad Breath Treatment in Sterling

If you suffer from persistent breath odor please contact our Sterling dental office for a halitosis consultation. Treatment options at WestLake Dental Care are available to Sterling patients with a proper diagnosis.

The first course of action is to obtain a correct diagnosis at WestLake Dental Care. Most patients in Sterling are treated successfully with a deep scaling and teeth polish. For other people, our dentist in Sterling may recommend using interdental brushes and improved brushing and flossing techniques at home.

Truth be told, many WestLake Dental Care patients with foul breath odor in Sterling have dental issues or a chronic health condition. If the periodontal disease goes undiagnosed and untreated, this can lead to tooth loss, gum loss, and bone loss. Advanced stage gum disease can also cause infection, decay, and certain GI problems.

WestLake Dental Care in Sterling

At WestLake Dental Care our well-trained and experienced Sterling dentists can treat most oral health complications leading to halitosis. For more difficult cases you may be referred to an outside specialist for gum restoration, endodontic treatment and/or tooth repair.

Do not forget, chronic foul breath odor is a sign that something is wrong. It is a health scare that should never be ignored.

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