Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, affects more than 50 million adults in the United States. While most people turn to common, popular remedies such as mouthwashes and mints to help cover it, the result is not always as effective as one would hope. At Arbor Dental, we address the issue of halitosis using proper dental treatments with the goal of resolving it completely.
Many different things, like tobacco and alcohol use, can cause halitosis. However, the most common factor is the buildup of bacteria along the back of the tongue. The bacteria live and breed on the tongue, resulting in an unpleasant odor. Halitosis can be hard to detect due to the sensitive nature of hurting someone’s feelings. The best way to discover it is to ask someone that you trust to be honest or by asking your dentist directly.
Treatment for Bad Breath
Once it is determined you are suffering from halitosis, your dentist can help treat it with the goal of curing it. While brushing and flossing regularly are vital steps toward achieving and maintaining oral health, it is not completely effective in treating halitosis. Sure, it helps, but it is not a cure. Since the bacteria forming along the back of the tongue is the culprit, it is important to remove it.
Scraping the tongue can force the bacteria from your mouth. Following it with a dentistry-approved mouthwash, typically stronger than that found on the shelves in your local store, can help rid of those that remain. Contact Arbor Dental today to schedule an appointment so our friendly team can help you treat bad breath and win the fight against halitosis.