A Periodontal Approach to Treating Bad Breath
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can have a serious effect on your confidence and signal an underlying dental health condition such as gum disease. If you suffer from halitosis, Dr. Bruce Gopin can investigate the cause and provide appropriate treatment. Often, a deep cleaning is the most effective solution for gum disease-related bad breath. During this procedure, he will clear the periodontal pockets of bacteria responsible for bad odors. This will not only improve your breath, but also help to minimize gum sensitivity and prevent more severe issues, such as advanced gum disease and tooth loss. During your appointment at our El Paso, TX, office, Dr. Gopin will also provide guidance to keep bad breath from becoming an ongoing concern.
Chronic halitosis is often due to periodontal disease.
What Causes Chronic Bad Breath?
There are various reasons that bad breath can develop. In some cases, the source can be as simple as your diet. As your body breaks down food, particles will spread throughout your body via your bloodstream, and are expelled when air leaves your lungs. Thus, high quantities of pungent foods such as garlic can give your breath a distinct odor. In other cases, halitosis can indicate GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or a sinus infection.
Often, a deep cleaning is the most effective solution for gum disease-related bad breath.
Excess oral bacteria is by far the most common reason for bad breath. Periodontal disease can cause deeper pockets to develop near your dental roots. As a result, you will typically experience other symptoms along with halitosis. These can include gum inflammation, gum recession, and even tooth loss. Similarly, a dental infection or untreated cavity can lead to bad breath.
Effective Treatments for Halitosis
The right treatment will depend on the fundamental cause. Because gum disease is one of the most common reasons for halitosis, Dr. Gopin often performs scaling and root planing. This procedure, also called a deep cleaning, involves very gently removing bacteria from below the gumline. If needed, Dr. Gopin can also provide a topical antibiotic. Once the bacteria has been eliminated, he will carefully plane (smooth) your dental roots. This process will remove the rough areas and microscopic pores that can trap bacteria.
Halitosis may also indicate a need for:
- Root canal therapy
- Treatment for decay, which could include fillings or a dental crown
- Specialized medical care for a systemic health condition
Preventing and Controlling Chronic Bad Breath
Dr. Gopin’s primary goal is to prevent bad breath from becoming a problem in the first place. Therefore, after providing appropriate care for your halitosis, he will teach you improved ways to protect your oral health. The most reliable way to prevent bad breath is to practice thorough dental hygiene. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once will help to remove the bacteria responsible for halitosis. Dr. Gopin and his staff can teach you proper techniques. For example, using a soft bristled brush is optimal, since hard bristles can result in gum recession. Meanwhile, it is vital that you attend regular cleanings by your general dentist.
Other ways to control and prevent bad breath include:
- Quitting smoking. Tobacco products both increase your risk for periodontal disease and cause mouth odors.
- Making dietary changes. You should limit odor-producing foods and reduce your consumption of sugary foods, which are often responsible for decay and gum disease.
- Using antibacterial mouthwash.
- Repairing loose-fitting dentures, which can trap bacteria.
Contact Dr. Gopin Today
There is no reason to suffer halitosis. Contact our office online today to find out what is causing your halitosis and to receive the effective treatment you need. You can also schedule an appointment by calling (915) 533-4608.