Bad Breath / Halitosis Treatment in Calabasas
Having unpleasant breath after consuming certain foods or when you wake up in the morning is not necessarily a cause for concern, especially if it goes away after brushing your teeth or using chewing gum or mints. But if the bad breath is persistent, then it's possible that you're suffering from a bad breath condition called halitosis that needs to be investigated.
Halitosis can be an embarrassing problem, especially if you have to deal with people on a daily basis. Although mints can mask the foul odor for a short time, it is important that you get a long lasting solution to help save your relationships. Our dentists at Calabasas Dental Institute will help you find the root cause of your bad breath problem and recommend an effective remedy.
Causes of Halitosis
Most cases of bad breath are due to bacteria buildup in the mouth, especially the back of your tongue, where they feed on dead skin cells, food particles, and post-nasal drip, which collectively form foul-smelling sulfur compounds.
Other possible causes of bad breath include:
- Dry mouth or xerostomia
- Certain medical conditions or medications like chronic sinusitis, gastrointestinal disturbance, respiratory tract infection, post nasal drip
- Advanced gum disease
- Tobacco products
Dr. Galustian can make several recommendations to help put an end to persistent bad breath. First, you need to practice proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, tongue cleaning, and professional dental cleaning.
Any tooth fractures, decay, and gum disease should be treated as the cavities, crevices, and gum pockets can hide food particles and facilitate bacteria build up, leading to bad breath.
Special care should be taken when cleaning dentures and other oral appliances, as well as the area around dental restorations like implants and bridges.
If bad breath persists, Dr. Galustian will prescribe special products, like Zytex, to kill bacteria and neutralize the sulfur compounds, and an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help keep your mouth clean.
Contact our office, Calabasas Dental Institute, today to book your appointment for personalized halitosis treatment in Calabasas, CA.