Halitosis. It's more than just bad breath from the foods you eat. It's persistent and may indicate an underlying health problem. At Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, your dentist, Dr. Jason Cohen, takes halitosis seriously. He will uncover the reasons for it and get you the relief you deserve.
Bad breath vs. halitosis
If you don't brush your teeth and floss as you should, become dehydrated, or eat onions and garlic in abundance, you likely will have bad breath. Smokers and coffee drinkers experience the same problem.
However, Medical News Today reports that bad breath which persists day and after day is more than embarrassing. It is called halitosis. A full 25 percent of Americans have this oral health problem, and it's a leading reason why they visit their dentists.
At Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and also evaluate your mouth odor. You may have an infection, or Dr. Cohen may see signs of post-nasal drip or other health conditions, such as diabetes or xerostomia (dry mouth). He may refer you to a medical specialist or your primary care physician for treatment.
How to treat halitosis
1. If you have periodontitis (advanced gum disease), you may need a deep dental cleaning to remove bacteria-filled deposits of plaque and tartar. This in-office procedure helps gums heal and re-attach to tooth surfaces.
2. Your dentist may recommend regular tongue scraping at home to remove excess food particles.
3. Stop all tobacco usage, and brush your teeth after drinking coffee or consuming aromatic foods.
4. Work on adequate hydration. That may mean less coffee (as it dries your oral tissues) and increasing your daily water intake substantially. Water, incidentally, improves the production of saliva which is Nature's own anti-bacterial agent.
5. Use mouthwash as Dr. Cohen or your hygienist directs. Products with zinc or chlorhexidine are effective against stubborn bad breath, says RDH Magazine.
It's worrisome and embarrassing
Yes, halitosis is no joke. At Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, your dentist understands, and he can help. Don't wait. Call Dr. Jason Cohen for an effective solution to halitosis. Phone our office at (734) 283-1263.