Halitosis Treatment (SRP)
What is halitosis?
Halitosis is a medical term derived from the Latin word halitus, which means “breath,” and the Greek suffix -osis, which means “diseased.” It is a common issue that affects 1 in 4 people globally. Halitosis is a condition that emanates from the mouth and is characterized by an unpleasant odor often caused by the buildup of odor-producing bacteria in your mouth.
Although bad breath is not life-threatening, halitosis can seriously impact your personal and social life. The good news is that it is easily preventable with proper oral hygiene, such as regular brushing, flossing, and swishing mouthwash. But if you develop bad breath that won’t go away, Group Health Dental offers proactive halitosis treatment so that you can take the necessary measures to ensure your breath remains fresh and pleasant.
The Top Causes of Bad Breath
While there can be several causes of bad breath, the primary culprit is poor oral hygiene. When food particles get trapped between the teeth or in crevices of the tongue, throat, and gums, odor-causing bacteria are well-fed and release a foul odor. Additionally, certain foods like garlic and onions have strong odors that can linger in the mouth long after consumption. Other potential causes of bad breath include gum disease, dry mouth, smoking or tobacco use, and certain medical conditions like respiratory infections or acid reflux. Adopting healthy oral hygiene habits (such as regular dental exams and cleanings) and addressing any underlying medical conditions can go a long way in preventing bad breath and improving overall wellness.
How to Fix Bad Breath (Finally)
Have you exhausted traditional bad breath remedies, like mouthwash and minty gum? If you’re still struggling with chronic bad breath, the first step to experiencing relief is scheduling a visit at our Manhattan dental office.
The Group Health dentists can prescribe treatment based on your needs. Occasionally, standard teeth cleaning just doesn’t cut it. In this case, we might recommend a deeper cleaning treatment known as scaling and root planing. This minimally invasive procedure removes obstinate bacterial deposits above and below the gum line. Then, our dental team smooths any rough spots on the tooth root to prevent harmful halitosis-causing bacteria from sticking to the tooth. Also, our Manhattan dentists might prescribe antibiotics or antibacterial mouthwash after scaling and root planing to prevent bacterial overgrowth and leave your smile smelling and feeling fresh. Over a few weeks, the gum pockets contract, and patients can feel more confident when they smile.
Still, if your gums and teeth are healthy and you’re still suffering from halitosis, you might have a systemic health condition that causes your breath to smell. In this case, please contact your primary healthcare doctor for guidance.
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Keep Your Breath Minty Fresh with Group Health Dental
When bad breath remedies fail, don’t hesitate to start judgment-free halitosis treatment at Group Health Dental. Call (646) 876-2703 or message us to learn more about your bad breath
treatment options near the Garment District and gain confidence through effective halitosis treatment.