Do you feel embarrassed when speaking with friends, loved ones, or colleagues because of your bad breath? If you cannot seem to rid yourself of bad breath - also referred to as halitosis - but you know the time to act is now, take comfort in the knowledge that you are likely suffering from a common, simple cause with an equally accessible solution. Fortunately, at the Knoxville practice of Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS, we offer bad breath treatment, so you can face the day - and your friends - with improved confidence and a fresh-feeling mouth.
What Is Bad Breath?
Everyone experiences bad breath from time to time after eating particularly strong-smelling food, like garlic. However, if you suffer from bad breath that does not go away after brushing, and that seems to linger indefinitely, this is referred to in the dental world as halitosis. Bad breath occurs when you eat food. Your body digests the food, the food is absorbed into your blood stream, and then partly makes its way to your lungs, where you exhale food-scented particles. In this case, you may want to only eat pungent foods when you know you will not offend those around you, or you may simply need to change your diet. However, other issues, such as hygiene, may cause the type of bad breath you cannot so easily treat.
What Are the Causes of Halitosis?
While your eating habits may affect your breath, so can poor habits. When it comes to habits that may negatively impact your oral health, understanding the causes is essential in pinpointing the vices you need to address. Consider the following causes of halitosis that may be causing your bad breath:
- You do not brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. Tiny bits of food remain in your mouth, break down, and encourage the development of bacteria that release foul-smelling odors.
- You have developed periodontal disease - or the inflammation and infection of your gums - caused by plaque and bacteria that travel beneath your gum line. A side effect of this bacterial overgrowth is bad breath.
- You use tobacco products, such as cigarettes, which result in chronic bad breath.
- You have poorly fitting prosthetics, such as dental crowns or bridges, under which bacteria become trapped, resulting in badly smelling infections
Do You Offer Bad Breath Treatments?
Part of your bad breath treatment will include diligent home hygiene, including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. However, if you are already suffering from bad breath, you will need to visit your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Zarger, to kick start your treatment. The tartar or bacteria in your mouth, which cause the odor, are only removable with professional tools and techniques. Once you undergo professional treatment, your home care will provide the maintenance required to avoid the redevelopment of halitosis. This home care includes ceasing the use of tobacco products. Look over the following treatments we offer at our practice:
- Regular dental cleaning to remove existing plaque and tartar
- Deep cleaning and periodontal treatment, if you suffer from periodontal disease, to treat tartar and bacteria that have moved beneath your gum line
- Cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry, to adjust or replace ill-fitting prosthetics, such as bridges or crowns
Schedule an Appointment
If you suffer from bad breath and would like to schedule an appointment for treatment, contact us today. We look forward to providing you with a comprehensive examination, while choosing a bad breath treatment that best fits your needs.