Bad breath or halitosis can be quite embarrassing when you have poor dental health which can lead to other health problems. It can become worse depending on the kinds of foods you eat and your lifestyle habits.
Your dentist can treat bad breath problems. If they find you have a healthy mouth and the odor is not due to oral issues, you may be referred to a specialist who will find out the reason for your bad breath, who will suggest a suitable treatment plan based on your need. If the odor occurs due to gum disease, your dentist will either be treating the disease or refer you to a Periodontist who has done specialization in treating gum problems.
If you are have bad breath, it is advised to check your dental hygiene habits. Make some necessary changes in your lifestyle such as brushing teeth and tongue after eating, flossing daily, and drinking sufficient amount of water.
If the problem of bad breath persists after making certain changes, you should see your dentist right away. If your dentist suspects a serious condition is causing bad breath, they may refer you to a physician to find out the major cause of the odor.
If maintaining good dental hygiene does not help you to solve the problem of bad breath, it is suggested to see a dentist for proper diagnosis of your mouth. Other conditions when you should visit your dental practitioner are:
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