When you wake up in the morning, you may have morning breath.  It is a stronger smell than you’d like, but you can cure it by eating breakfast, brushing your teeth, and/or using mouthwash.  Then there’s halitosis, which may signal the need for dental care in Phoenix.

What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is chronic bad breath that the patient cannot fix on their own, and they may need Phoenix dental care to stop it.  Perhaps you have tried toothpaste, mouthwash, mints, and gum, but your breath still smells.

Bad breath that won’t go away can signal a dental problem or a chronic health condition.  Let’s explore the possibilities.  Check out the new patient specials and other deals at Sky Dental.

Things to Do Today About a Nasty Case of Halitosis

  1. Call your Sky Dental office for an appointment.
  2. Cut back on caffeine, alcohol and especially tobacco products
  3. Drink plenty of water, especially if you have dry mouth.
  4. Brush twice a day for two minutes, making sure to include your gums and tongue
  5. Get sugarless gum with the American Dental Association Seal of Approval

Tips for How to Stop Bad Breath

Dry mouth leads to more cavities and infections. It’s important to fight dry mouth and to discover its causes. Your dentist can help with suggestions and treatments. To fight dry mouth, it recommended that you avoid excessive caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco.

When Should You See Your Phoenix Dentist about Halitosis?

If you haven’t had a recent checkup, you should definitely make a dental appointment now. There are many causes of halitosis that can be addressed by your Phoenix dentist at Sky Dental.  Some may require early intervention to prevent tooth loss.

What Dental Problems Cause Halitosis?

When bacteria is at the root of the problem, this may mean a rotting tooth or a cavity.  These things can be addressed with a root canal or a filling.  Occasionally it may mean pulling a tooth. You won’t know until you have x-rays and a professional review by your Sky Dental dentist in Phoenix.

Gum disease is another reason that breath goes bad. There are treatments for the two types of gum disease. Your dentist can do a deeper cleaning, washing bacteria out of deep pockets and possibly eliminating the problem. When the problem can’t be eliminated, it can be managed with regular dental care.

Smoking may be an indirect cause of this problem.  Tobacco causes gum disease which leads to halitosis.

Your Sky Dental team may recommend a medicated mouthwash to help reduce the effects of dry mouth or to reduce halitosis.

Should You See a Doctor?

A medical checkup can help you with other halitosis causes. These may be such things as gastric reflux or indigestion. Dry mouth can signal diabetes, kidney disease or liver problems. On the other hand, patients who have postnasal drip may have a nose, sinus or throat issue that is causing halitosis.

If the diagnosis is halitosis, it’s time to take charge of your oral health.  Better breath may be just one Sky Dental visit away.  Call or contact us to make an appointment.