How Can My York Dentist Help with My Bad Breath?
Are you looking for a York dentist that can help with your halitosis (bad breath)? Having bad breath can be humiliating. Everyone gets bad breath from time to time, but chronic halitosis can affect everything from your private life to your professional one. For those struggling with halitosis in York, PA, reach out to our dental team.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Knowing what causes bad breath is key to making it easier to treat. Halitosis can’t be treated by simply avoiding garlic or using a breath mint every now and then. Bad breath can be linked to other health issues, and it’s important to visit our dentist for a checkup.
The John Z. Falenski, DMD team will take the time to learn about your dental history, how you feel, discuss your medical background, and evaluate your oral tissues. We understand that discussing halitosis can be embarrassing, but it doesn’t have to be. Only after we have identified the underlying halitosis problem and assessed it, can we create the best treatment plan.
Developing a Plan to Rid Halitosis
Your oral health and medical history will determine if your halitosis is caused by an underlying condition such as periodontal disease, or another health issue. Most cases are caused by periodontal infection around your tooth roots. These areas are not possible to clean on your own. Our hygienists will use specialized equipment to remove the odor-causing bacteria and give you a blank slate to work with. However, halitosis will almost always get worse if you try to mask it with mints and rinses.
Medical Reasons for Bad Breath
If your gums are healthy and you brush your teeth daily, but still experience bad breath, it may be time to see a doctor. Bad breath can sometimes be caused by undiagnosed conditions or issues in the gastrointestinal system. Halitosis can also be caused by certain health conditions like diabetes, lung disease, and certain cancers. Or, it could be something as simple as chronic allergies and a post-nasal drip.
As many as 90% of bad breath bacteria are found on the surface of your tongue. If you don’t already use a tongue scraper, this minor investment can make a huge impact on the way your breath smells every day.
If bad breath persists despite all your efforts to eliminate it, schedule an appointment with our dentist in York.
Request a Confidential Appointment
If you have halitosis, our dentist can help you. We will discreetly diagnose the cause and work with you to help keep it under control. Our dentist will assist you without you needing to feel embarrassed or worried about others opinions. Bad breath is something we help treat every day!
Give our team a call today to request a private halitosis consultation and dental exam.
Dr. John Falenski welcomes you to our York, PA family dental office! Please give us a call with any questions, we're always happy to help!