All of us have suffered from bad breath at one time or another. But it is estimated that forty million Americans suffer from bad breath that never goes away. This can make social situations, from first introductions to business transactions to intimate moments uncomfortable.
If you are unhappy with bad breath, there are many potential causes—and almost all of them can be treated by a dentist. For bad breath treatment in Columbus, please call
Chronic Bad Breath
The medical term for this condition is halitosis. Surprisingly, most people with halitosis are not aware of their problem breath. That’s because our sense of smell has an amazing ability to adjust to odors. It requires long-term control and management of this condition. The Breath Rx™ Breath Management System was developed to make long-term treatment easy, convenient, and effective.
Most people think that bad breath is a result of what’s going on in our stomachs. But that’s not the whole story. The actual odor of halitosis is generated by bacteria that thrive in the mouth under the gums, and in the nooks and crannies on the teeth and the surface of the tongue. Left untreated these bacteria create volatile sulfur compounds that have a characteristic “rotten egg” smell. Most people would probably like their breath to be more pleasant than that. And that is precisely what the Breath Rx™ System is designed to do – give you pleasant smelling breath.
Bad Breath and Oral Health
Although sometimes it can be related to relatively benign bacteria, it is can also be related to oral health conditions that may be serious.
Bacteria colonizing around your teeth causing gum disease can sometimes give off smelly sulfur compounds. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, and kidney damage.
Sometimes bad breath can be a sign that you have an infected tooth, which is treated with a root canal. An infected tooth is not only in danger of being lost, it can allow bacteria to spread to other teeth, your blood, your sinuses, and even your brain.
Because of these potential causes, if you experience persistent bad breath, it’s important to see your dentist, especially if you notice bleeding or receding gums, pain, or a discolored tooth.