Halitosis Treatment at Orcutt Family Dentistry Offers All-day-long Minty Freshness

Do you have bad breath that has refused to go away? When you have chronic bad breath or halitosis, mints and gum will only mask the problem without treating the root cause—you need professional help for a long-lasting solution.

If you are experiencing bad breath in Fair Oaks, California, please don’t feel embarrassed. Take action today by scheduling an appointment with Orcutt Family Dentistry. Dr. Brian Orcutt and the team offer several halitosis treatments to freshen your breath and self-confidence.

What is halitosis?

We all have a tinge of bad breath, especially after waking up in the morning or eating a meal of garlic and other strong foods. Sometimes, your breath may not smell its fleshiest after a cup of coffee or forgetting to brush. Occasional bad breath is nothing to worry about. However, when your bad breath refuses to go away, you may have halitosis, the medical term for bad breath.

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Causes of halitosis

Several factors can cause bad breath. Identifying the exact cause is the first step toward resolving this oral condition. Poor oral hygiene is the common cause of breath that makes people around you scurry away.

Inadequate brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning allow food particles, bacteria, and plaque to accumulate in the mouth, leading to bad breath. It may sound like tired advice, but brushing and flossing your teeth diligently are essential to minty, fresh breath.

The other causes of bad breath include:

Old dental fillings and dental crowns-bacteria in your mouth can get into hard to clean areas and release the bad smelling odors.
Gum disease—untreated gum infection causes deep pockets between teeth and gums where harmful bacteria thrive. The presence of bacteria and their byproducts causes an unpleasant odor.
Dry mouth—reduced saliva production causes bad bacteria and food particles buildup.
Dietary choices—foods and drinks like coffee, garlic, and alcohol contain bad odor-causing substances.
Smoking and tobacco products—tobacco contains nicotine and other substances that encourage mouth dryness and plaque buildup.
Gastrointestinal problems—stomach infections can cause bad breath.

Halitosis treatment

Toilet paper stuck on shoes or a blemish on a white shirt can be embarrassing, but nothing is as unpleasant as bad breath. The good news is that Dr. Orcutt offers several treatment options for bad breath.

If oral hygiene is the cause, we'll administer a dental cleaning to remove built-in plaque and tartar from your mouth. If you have gum disease, we recommend deep teeth cleaning or laser therapy to remove harmful bacteria and dental calculus from the deep periodontal pockets.

Besides professional cleaning, the dentist scrapes your tongue to destroy bacteria colonies in this area. Before you go home, we'll teach you how to brush and floss your teeth to curb odor-causing bacteria. We'll also suggest adding a therapeutic mouthwash to complete your oral hygiene routine.

Finally, if your dental restorations are old and going bad, we will recommend you replace them with new fillings, crowns, or veneers.

Halitosis Solutions near me

For more information on combating bad breath and other problems, call (916) 963-9986 to schedule an appointment with Orcutt Family Dentistry.