Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath which is not only an embarrassing social problem, but could also be an indicator of an underlying oral or systemic issue. Chronic halitosis requires timely attention and treatment.
The most common dental causes of halitosis include poor oral care such as infrequent brushing, flossing and gum disease. If we believe that the cause of your bad breath is not related to a dental issue, we may refer you to another specialist.
The dental treatments for halitosis largely depend upon its cause. The first step we undertake to resolve your bad breath is to find out what is causing the odor. Most of the time, a thorough dental cleaning can help you cleanse your mouth and give you a clean and fresh breath. We may also advise you on how to improve your oral care habits with proper brushing, flossing and the use of an antibacterial mouthwash. If your bad breath is caused by gum disease, then we will conduct a scaling and root planing treatment to curb the problem and to eliminate the odor associated with it. Scaling involves using special tools to access and clean the deep spaces between teeth and remove any plaque and tartar. Next, we will smooth the rough spots on the root surfaces (planing) in order to prevent future accumulations.
If you are looking for a comprehensive solution to your bad breath problems, please contact the office of Smile Matters Inc. for a consultation with our oral care experts. We treat halitosis caused by dental problems. You can reach us today at (206) 201-0656. Our practice is located at 509 Olive Way, Suite 1033, Seattle, WA 98101.