When your breath is noticeably bad, it can be a seemingly endless source of embarrassment. When your bad breath doesn’t go away, that embarrassment can turn into worry about what may be causing your condition. While bad breath is sometimes no big deal (such as after eating onions or garlic), chronic bad breath – also called halitosis – is often a symptom of a potentially serious oral health issue. In order to cure it, you may need to visit your dentist for a thorough teeth cleaning and examination to diagnose why your bad breath persists.
Why It Sticks Around
Most cases of bad breath aren’t serious. For instance, morning breath occurs naturally because your saliva dries up when you sleep, allowing oral bacteria to gather uninhibited. Then again, most cases of bad breath go away. Once you eat breakfast and brush your teeth in the morning, a typical case of bad breath dissipates. When it doesn’t, then the cause may be more serious than a temporary buildup of bacteria, and you might need more than just toothpaste and water to get rid of it.
How to Get Rid of It
Once bad breath becomes chronic – a condition known as halitosis – treating it requires finding out why it developed in the first place. Some patients may have poor hygiene habits that allow oral bacteria to gather when it shouldn’t, while others may be experiencing symptoms of a developing dental disease. Once your dentist has diagnosed its cause, he can work closely with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for it.
Diagnose and Treat the Cause of Your Bad Breath
If your bad breath hangs around long after you’ve brushed and flossed your teeth, then you may need a specific diagnosis from your dentist in order to know how to treat it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.