Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Denver and Lakewood, Colorado
No one enjoys interacting with someone who has chronic bad breath, or halitosis, and many of us worry about having bad breath ourselves, especially on a date or in an interview Halitosis can really affect your personal life and even your career.
The cause of halitosis, as with many oral health problems, is bacteria. Bacteria in your mouth use a chemical reaction to dissolve proteins into their component parts called amino acids In the process, malodorous gases are emitted that produce the bad breath smell Sinus problems and acid reflux can also cause halitosis, but not nearly as often as bacteria
Preventing Bad Breath
The best way to prevent bad breath is by simply maintaining great oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will help to remove some of the odor-causing bacteria that hide in between teeth and gums The biggest halitosis trouble spot is the tongue, where most of the bacteria live. You should use a tongue cleaner as part of your brushing routine to disrupt the bacteria.
Optimal oral health requires regular cleanings at your dentist's office every six months in addition to regular brushing and flossing. This will also help prevent bad breath. If you've gone longer than six months since the last time you saw a general or cosmetic dentist, please contact Denver cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott Greenhalgh's office to schedule an appointment right away.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
The bacteria that cause gum disease also release nasty odors, so keeping your gums healthy is crucial if you want to avoid bad breath. Gum disease is also visually unattractive and causes tooth decay as well.
Gum disease can also increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other threatening health problems. Bacteria in the gums spreads to other parts of the body by entering the bloodstream through the cuts and sores they cause If you believe gum disease may be affecting you, Dr. Greenhalgh will help you restore the health and appearance of your gum tissue
Why Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you still have bad breath, even after trying every mouthwash and toothpaste on the market, you may need Dr. Greenhalgh's help For example, if bacteria are growing around an old filling or in the crevice of a chipped or broken tooth, Dr. Greenhalgh will restore the appearance of your teeth and get rid of the bacterial playground.
To learn more about white fillings, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry options for eliminating chronic bad breath in Denver or Lakewood, please contact Scott Greenhalgh, DDS online or by phone.