Why does my breath smell bad even after I brush my teeth?
Bad breath can be embarrassing, but chronic halitosis may be an indicator of a more serious condition. Bad breath is a common symptom of a range of different oral and systemic health concerns. If a thorough brushing and flossing do not eradicate your bad breath, contact Dr. David Weinstock for an oral health checkup.
Just Bad Breath or An Oral Health Concern?
There are two types of bad breath: transitory bad breath and chronic halitosis. Transitory bad breath is caused by foods like garlic and onions, and generally only lasts from 1 to 3 days. This type of bad breath is easy to cure. You can simply identify then eliminate the odor producing food from your diet.
An estimated forty million Americans, however, suffer from chronic halitosis, or bad breath. Because our sense of smell has an incredible ability to adjust to odors, many people with halitosis aren’t even aware of their problem breath.
About 10 percent of the time, chronic bad breath is actually caused by underlying medical conditions like diabetes, sinusitis or emphysema. Dr. Weinstock can help your rule out oral health concerns as the cause of your halitosis. If your halitosis is caused by a medical condition, Dr. Weinstock may recommend you visit your general physician for further care.
Chronic halitosis may also be a sign of tooth decay or even gum disease.
What Causes Bad Breath?
The pungent, “rotten egg” odor of chronic bad breath usually results when bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue cause the formation of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). Most over-the-counter mouthwashes will effectively mask these compounds for only a few hours, at best.
What is the Treatment for Bad Breath?
To effectively eliminate your halitosis, you must be treated for the cause. We provide comprehensive treatment for both tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Weinstock will help you build a personalized treatment plan that will address the root of your oral health concerns for long-term and effective results. Once treated, you will need to commit to a regular oral hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing and visiting our Philadelphia dentist office at least twice a year. In doing so, this will ensure that your bad breath will not return.
Gum Disease Treatment
If you suffer from gum disease, Dr. Weinstock may recommend scaling and root planing. This is essentially a deep cleaning below the gum line to remove all bacteria causing plaque. Plaque typically forms from poor oral hygiene habits and this is what causes the bad breath.
Tooth Decay Treatment
If tooth decay is caught early, Dr. Weinstock can easily treat it with a tooth-colored filling. The presence of tooth decay is typically caused by poor oral hygiene. Not removing the sticky plaque from your teeth daily will cause bacteria buildup that will begin to eat away at your tooth enamel. This will leave tiny holes in your teeth that will progress if not treated. If over half of the chewing surface is destroyed by the decay, Dr. Weinstock can treat it with an inlay or an onlay.
Schedule A Consultation
Ask how we can help you attain the fresh, clean breath you want and deserve. Contact our Philadelphia dentist office to learn more about treatment for chronic halitosis. You may also schedule your consultation online. At the office of Dr. David J. Weinstock, we offer complete dental services so that you can get the care you need to achieve a smile that is as healthy as it is beautiful. Dr. Weinstock’s broad education, advanced training, and extensive experience ensure that all of our patients receive the comprehensive dental care they need.