Halitosis Treatments at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

Everyone struggles with bad breath once in a while. But if you find that people are frequently holding their nose when they’re in your presence, you may have a problem with chronic bad breath. And since bad breath can affect your confidence and possibly hurt your relationships, it’s a good idea to see a dentist, as there may be a quick and easy way to address your bad breath issues.

If you struggle with bad breath in the Folsom/Sacramento/El Dorado Hills area, please contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry by filling out the “Request an Appointment” form or calling Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Persistent bad breath, known medically as “halitosis,” can be caused by a number of different factors. Not all of them are dental related, but it is possible for a dentist to help diagnose the cause of the bad breath and help you come up with solutions to reduce the odor.

Some of the possible causes of bad breath include:

  • Oral Bacteria (Most Common)
  • Tooth Decay
  • Acid Reflux/GERD
  • Sinus Infections
  • Tonsillitis/Tonsil Stones
  • Smoking and Drug Use
  • Dry Mouth, and More

Oral bacteria is perhaps the most common cause of bad breath. It is also something that the dentists at Esthetic Reflections can help address. There are also many different issues that can lead to the development of oral bacteria. While poor dental hygiene is one common cause, other causes include post-nasal drip, illness, and more.

Once we’ve diagnosed the cause of your halitosis, we can move forward with addressing it and using the dental solutions that will help reduce and prevent further foul odors.

How Can Halitosis Be Treated?

First, it is important to have your oral health inspected thoroughly, to see if possible causes can be diagnosed. In some cases, simply improving your oral hygiene is all you need. A professional tooth cleaning can also help get your mouth back on track, and eliminate any bacteria that may have built in between cleanings.

But if the issue is dental related and more severe, such as a dental infection, gum disease, tooth decay, and other preventable means, we here at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom will provide recommendations for how to treat your bad breath, and give you strategies that can help you avoid the condition in the future.

There also may be issues that cannot be treated in the dental office, but you may be able to address with lifestyle changes. Acid reflux, for example, can cause sour breath. Eating foods that keep acid reflux under control can help. If the problem is medical in nature and isn’t easily solved with dental care, we’ll make sure that you have some of the information you need to talk to your doctor about what treatments may be best for improving the smell of your breath, and we can give you ideas for safe ways to address your bad breath in the interim.

Will Halitosis Treatments Cure All Bad Breath?

It’s not possible to prevent all cases of bad breath. Something as simple as eating onions or forgetting to brush your teeth in the morning can cause bad breath throughout the day.

But with the right interventions, it is possible for us to help find a bad breath treatment that will be effective at keeping the odors under control so that you do not have to feel self-conscious throughout the day.

Call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Today

Dr. Skelton, Dr. Chen and Dr. Bernadett are highly skilled dentists that are trained to diagnose bad breath and help in the treatment of halitosis. If you feel like you have been struggling with bad breath recently, please give us a call today at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051, and we’ll schedule an appointment to review the problem.

Bad Breath FAQ:

Q: Will breath mints help with my bad breath?

A: Breath mints can certainly mask the scent, but that benefit is only temporary. Also, in cases with GERD, some breath mints may exacerbate the problem as peppermint has been linked to an increase in acid reflux.

Q: My tonsils hurt. Can that be related?

A: Possibly. Tonsil stones can cause an extremely foul odor, and may also cause pain in the tonsils. While we do not typically remove tonsil stones ourselves, we can look deep into your throat to see if any are present and let you know the next steps for removal. There are also some at-home remedies that can help eliminate tonsil stones.

Q: Does my dental insurance cover bad breath treatments?

A: Sort of. Dental insurance doesn’t cover bad breath specifically, but depending on your insurance it may cover some of the treatments used to reduce bad breath, such as dental cleanings and fillings. That’s why it’s always a good idea to consider seeing a dentist, even if you prefer to try home remedies.

For more information about Bad Breath Treatment or to schedule a consultation, please call our Folsom office at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051. We'd love to hear from you!
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