Bad breath is as embarrassing as it is an indication of poor oral health. However, with proper dental care bad breath, also called halitosis, can be treated and eliminated. Maintaining good oral health is the key to reducing bad breath. Oral bacteria that builds up on the back of your tongue or in between your teeth is the main culprit behind bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by food impaction due to poor dental restorations, smoking, dry mouth, sinus conditions and most often; gum disease. But sometimes genetics can play a role. Dr. Naim uses her expertise in periodontal health to properly evaluate the source of bad breath and create a treatment plan to eliminating your bad breath and restoring a healthy mouth you can be confident in.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath (also known as halitosis) is caused by bacteria breaking down and creating a sulfur toxin which gives off a bad odor. This bacteria needs an environment that is oxygen free; such as pockets around teeth, between open contacting teeth, open crowns and fillings and fissures on the tongue.
There are also other causes of bad breath, such as smoking, dry mouth caused by some medications or systemic problems and certain foods such as garlic. Bad breath can also be a sign of dehydration or zinc deficiency. Therefore, a full medical examination and blood work is always recommended in addition to an oral and periodontal (gum) exam by a dentist.
Since the toxins given off by bacteria are the culprit behind bad breath, the first step is to rid the mouth of the bacteria. Dr. Naim may recommend a regular cleaning or in more advanced cases, a “deep cleaning” also known as scaling and root planning may be recommended. scaling and root planning is a non surgical procedure that removes the bacteria deep below the pockets around the teeth. The plaque and tartar deep below the teeth are removed and the root surfaces are than smoothed to avoid more plaque buildup.
In addition, a liquid anti-bacterial agents is used to irrigate the pockets around the teeth in addition to scaling and root planning. An anti-bacterial rinse may also be recommended for at home use.
Arestin with deep cleaning (Scaling & Root Planing) is nearly 3x more likely to result in successful treatment than deep cleaning alone… Arestin is special antibiotic treatment for gum disease. It’s a powder composed of tiny microspheres that slowly release antibiotics over a period of time. Dr. Naim may recommend Arestin placement into the pocket between your gum and tooth. Arestin in conjunction with proper scaling and root planning treatment, as specified by Dr. Naim, can make your treatment more effective by killing the microscopic bacteria left behind after deep cleaning treatment.