In our previous blog post we discussed some of the various causes of chronic bad breath. Today we’re going to look at some of the ways that we diagnose and treat bad breath at Precise Dental of Houston! If you’ve been suffering from bad breath then your concerns might be resolved before you know it!
Because there are so many causes for bad breath we will have to run several tests and perform several different kinds of exams that can give us accurate knowledge into your unique circumstances. Your mouth has special needs and the way we fix your bad breath can be very different from the next patient!
Finding The Cause
Coming to our Houston dentist office for breath evaluation starts with a full comprehensive exam of your mouth. We’ll use our time together to determine the exact cause of your breath concerns using visual inspections, intraoral cameras, any necessary X-rays, and even a saliva test!
Testing your saliva is an important measure in detecting and measuring breath problems originating in your mouth. Saliva gives us a good measure of the level of sulfur compounds in your breath, which in turn helps us determine if food particles in your mouth are causing bad breath. When bacteria eats away at food particles they excrete sulfur compounds that produce bad breath, and that’s what we’re aiming to stop!
Another major part of assessing your breath problems is just a simple conversation. If your breath problems are due to oral health issues we can often narrow those problems down to food, drink, or habits like smoking, which is why it’s so important to have a candid discussion about your day-to-day habits.
Once we have an idea why you’re experiencing persistent bad breath we’ll work together to determine the best treatment for your needs. We simply want you to be comfortable and happy with your breath!
Causes and Treatments
If it turns out you’re suffering from an oral health related bad breath issue then we’ll propose some treatment options for you that will take care of the problem and keep it from coming back! That’s why a professional dental assessment at our Houston office is so important – we’ll actually treat you instead of just masking the symptoms!
For many cases of bad breath the treatment is simple: better home care habits. We’ll take the time to discuss proper brushing, flossing, and other oral care requirements with you so that you can maintain your smile at home with ease. If that’s all you need to do consider yourself lucky!
If your bad breath is being caused by tooth decay we’ll recommend the most effective dental restorations for your needs. You might benefit from fillings, a dental crown, or maybe even a root canal in extreme cases. Don’t worry – we try our hardest to make your experience pain-free and easy!
In some other cases the cause of your bad breath could be gum disease. This occurs when plaque bacteria is able to get below your gumline and spread uncontrolled where you can’t brush it out. We can treat gum disease using regular cleanings, root planing and scaling, and other treatments that will remove bacteria and treat infected tissue. You’ll feel much better once we clear out plaque and tartar and you’ll notice your breath being fresher almost immediately afterward!
Don’t Keep Questioning Yourself!
Bad breath can be a real inhibitor when it comes to your confidence and sense of self. We don’t want you to be uncomfortable and afraid of social situations, so do yourself a favor – make an appointment for your bad breath today. You might find that your problems have a quick and easy solution that you didn’t even think of!