Halitosis Treatment (SRP)
Halitosis Treatment in Manhattan, NYC
All the charm in the world can’t overcome the negative effects of bad breath. Bad breath remedies like mouthwash and mints may only serve as temporary fixes. The only way to get rid of bad breath permanently is to visit a professional. At Park South Dentistry, we have experience to provide reliable relief from chronic bad breath, no matter the cause. If you’re ready to eliminate bad breath for good, visit our dental office near Central Park, NYC and get your confident, fresh smile back.
What is halitosis?
Halitosis is another name for chronic bad breath. Although everybody experiences foul breath from time to time, halitosis is when an unpleasant odor persists even after brushing one’s teeth or swishing around mouthwash. Halitosis isn’t a dangerous condition on its own, but is often the result of other dental issues that need to be resolved. At Park South Dental, it’s important to us that you have a smile you can be proud of. With our professional attention, you can find relief from bad breath and regain a confident, fresh smile.
Bad Breath Causes
During your appointment, we’ll perform a comprehensive exam to find the root cause of your halitosis. Chronic bad breath can come about for a variety of reasons, including the following:
- Poor dental hygiene: Without regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, odor-causing bacteria and food particles may build up in your mouth and across the tongue.
- Gum disease: Untreated gum disease progresses into deeper pockets between the teeth. Food particles and bacteria can collect in these pockets, becoming difficult to remove and causing unpleasant breath.
- Dry mouth: Saliva helps regularly rinse out your mouth. An especially dry mouth, from either smoking or another medical condition, may lead to foul breath.
- Diet: Foods like onions, garlic, and strong spices may leave a lingering odor. Without proper cleaning, food particles may also stay between teeth and cause an unpleasant smell.
- Heavy tobacco use: Smoking leaves an unpleasant odor in the mouth, and also increases the risk of dry mouth and gum disease, further contributing to halitosis.
- Infection: Infected mouth sores or wounds after oral surgery contribute to bad breath. Lung and throat infections can also result in foul smelling breath.
Halitosis Treatment and Deep Cleanings
The first step to treat chronic breath is a professional cleaning. This helps remove bacteria and plaque buildup for fresher breath and lets the dentist identify other issues causing unpleasant breath. In some cases, a deep cleaning may be recommended. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, goes beyond the gumline and into deep pockets to remove plaque. Root planing smooths out the teeth roots to help the gums reattach and prevent further plaque buildup.
To clear bacteria, powerful antimicrobial mouthwash may be prescribed. Lifestyle changes can also be recommended to stop bad breath, from quitting smoking to dietary changes. When a patient is experiencing bad breath related to an underlying medical condition, they may be referred to a specialist to help manage the issue.
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Freshen Breath and Renew Your Confidence at Park South Dentistry
Our mission is to give you a confident, healthy smile. If bad breath has brought your confidence down and you’re in need of a solution, Park South Dentistry is here to help. We welcome patients into our office, judgment-free, to get the gentle care they need to smile with pride. To meet our team and get started, call us today at (212) 355-2000 or schedule an appointment with our team online.