Halitosis Treatment in Santa Rosa
If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant odor.
Bad breath in Santa Rosa can also be caused by dry mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is necessary to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor. Dry mouth may be caused by various medications, salivary gland problems or continuously breathing through the mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, we may prescribe artificial saliva, suggest using special mints, or increase your fluid intake.
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth is one of the warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. This bacteria creates toxins that irritate the gums, and eventually damages the gums, bone and other structures as the disease advances. The bacteria in gum disease break down the gums into ketones and other unpleasant by-products that contain sulfur and other bad smelling compounds.
If you have bad breath in Santa Rosa, it can also indicate a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment. If your dentist determines your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your family doctor or a specialist to determine the cause of your halitosis.
Tobacco products also cause bad breath. If you smoke, speak to Dr. Albers or one of his associates for tips on kicking the habit.
At home, you should be diligent with your oral care routine – brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and brush your tongue too. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth. If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night and clean them thoroughly before soaking them and brush again before replacing them the next morning.
If you think you have constant bad breath in Santa Rosa, you should also keep a log of the foods you eat and make a list of medications you take, as some medications play a role in creating mouth odors. Also let us know if you’ve had any surgery or illness since your last appointment.
It’s important to remember that mouthwashes are generally cosmetic and do not have a long-lasting effect on bad breath. If you constantly need to use a breath freshener to hide unpleasant mouth odor, come in to see us. We may recommend using a special antimicrobial mouth rinse if you need extra help in controlling plaque. A fluoride mouth rinse, used along with brushing and flossing, can help prevent tooth decay. We also have special treatment to reduce the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Ready to overcome the embarrassment of having bad breath in Santa Rosa for good? Please phone Dr. Albers’ office on (707) 575-1190 to make an appointment today!