Treatments for Bad Breath

November 21, 2014 — by Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky
Tags: Bad Breath Tooth Decay Gum Disease

A woman holding her hands over her mouth to conceal her bad breathMany people think of bad breath as something that cannot be treated, but simply covered up by gum or mouthwash. Almost certainly, most of these people wouldn’t even consider turning to their local general dentistry practice for solutions to their chronic bad breath. When you stop to think about it, however, who is better qualified to handle a problem involving your mouth than a dentist?

For patients who live in and near Edmonton, bad breath treatment of the highest quality is available at the cosmetic, implant, and family dentistry practice of Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky. We understand the effect that chronic bad breath, clinically known as halitosis, can have on a person’s life and self-confidence. As a patient of Dr. Podilsky’s, you can expect no less than the finest in personal attention and customized treatment as we provide you with a solution perfectly tailored to your unique needs.

Don’t live with bad breath any longer. Come visit Dr. Podilsky and his team of friendly, experienced dental professionals as soon as possible.

What causes bad breath?

Sometimes bad breath can be traced to a single cause, but in most cases, there are multiple causes responsible for bad breath. In the majority of cases, poor oral hygiene is at least a contributing factor. In these cases, patients are often able to improve their breath substantially simply by improving their at-home oral hygiene regimens.

Other potential causes of bad breath include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Smoking
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Certain medications
  • Certain diseases, including bronchitis, diabetes, and liver disease
  • Improperly cleaned dentures
  • Poor diet
  • Dry mouth
  • Dehydration
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Traditional metal braces

Treatments for Bad Breath

As part of your initial consultation with Dr. Podilsky, you and he will discuss your lifestyle and medical history, and he will evaluate your mouth. Based on this consultation, he will determine the likely cause or causes of your bad breath and suggest a treatment plan accordingly.

If poor oral hygiene is one of the causes of your bad breath, he will provide you with the education you need to improve your hygiene regimen. Many people are surprised to learn what proper brushing and flossing entails. However, an improved at-home oral hygiene regimen, coupled with twice-yearly visits to our practice for dental exams and professional cleanings, can go a long way in helping to resolve problems with bad breath.

You may also be able to improve your breath by making other changes to your lifestyle. Some of these changes - drinking more water, for example - may be easier than others - giving up cigarettes.

If an oral health issue such as tooth decay or gum disease is responsible for your bad breath, then Dr. Podilsky will create a treatment plan to address those issues. Your treatment plan may include any combination of treatments, including scaling and root planing, root canal therapy, and dental crowns.

Learn More about Bad Breath Treatment

To learn more about treatments for bad breath, please contact the dental practice of Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky today.