Find a Lasting Solution for Chronic Bad Breath
Bad breath, or halitosis, can stem from a variety of causes and often responds to simple self-care techniques. However, chronic bad breath can be frustrating and embarrassing. At our Kenilworth, IL, practice, Dr. Art Carpenter offers a range of treatments for bad breath. We can help determine the particular cause and provide a solution tailored to your unique needs. From simple lifestyle changes to more extensive treatment options, we can help resolve your bad breath to improve your confidence and quality of life.
What Causes Bad Breath?
There are several factors which can contribute to chronic halitosis. Dental habits, health issues, and the foods you eat can all play a part in causing bad breath. A simple, and usually temporary, cause of bad breath is food. The digestion process begins in your mouth and when you eat food with strong odors, such as garlic or onions, these smells can linger until the food completely passes through your body. Other potential causes of bad breath include:
- Tobacco products
- Dry mouth
- Certain medications
- Infections, such as tooth decay or gum disease
- Mouth, nose, and throat conditions
- Diseases, such as acid reflux and metabolic disorders
Poor dental hygiene is another common culprit. Daily brushing and flossing remove food particles from your teeth, gums, and tongue. When you do not brush or floss properly, these particles remain and can lead to persistent odors.
When to See a Doctor
If you have bad breath, the first thing you should do is review your oral hygiene habits. Improving your hygiene routine can dramatically improve halitosis. However, if your bad breath persists, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Carpenter. We can evaluate your oral health and determine the underlying cause of your condition.
Your Treatment Options for Halitosis
In some cases, Dr. Carpenter may recommend some simple changes to your daily habits. Small changes to your brushing or flossing techniques or the products you use may make a substantial difference. For example, certain mouthwashes and types of toothpaste can kill odor-causing bacteria and produce better-smelling breath.
Addressing gum disease or decay can often eliminate the source of bad breath for a cleaner, healthier, and odor-free smile.
If an oral health condition, such as a cavity or gum disease, is at the root of your halitosis, we can provide treatment for these concerns. Antibacterial treatments, dental fillings, and periodontal care are all potential treatments for chronic bad breath. Addressing infection or decay can often eliminate the source of bad breath for a cleaner, healthier, and odor-free smile. If Dr. Carpenter suspects that your bad breath is related to a more serious health concern, he may recommend visiting your primary care provider for additional screening or tests.
Preventing Bad Breath
There are several easy steps you can take to prevent bad breath from returning, such as:
- Developing a good oral health routine
- Receiving regular exams and cleanings
- Stopping the use of tobacco products
- Drinking plenty of water each day
- Enjoying sugar-free gum or candies
You can also try keeping a log of the foods you eat, as well as making a list of the medications you take regularly. Dr. Carpenter can use this information to identify potential causes of your halitosis.
Find Out More Today
Chronic bad breath is an embarrassing condition which can affect many aspects of your life. Learn more about the causes and potential treatments for this condition by contacting our office online or calling (847) 251-5004 to speak with a member of our team today.