Everyone has occasional bad breath. The reduced flow of saliva during sleep commonly causes morning breath. Eating smelly foods such as fish, onions, garlic and soft cheeses can also contribute to foul mouth odor. But if you experience persistent bad breath, you may have a serious health problem.
Bad breath can indicate:
People who live with constant and consistent breath odor tend to adapt to the smell, so they’re often unaware of it.
Please contact our Scottsdale, AZ dental office for a consultation if you suffer from persistent bad breath. Treatment options are available with a proper diagnosis.
The first course of action is to obtain a correct diagnosis at Mercado Dental Care. Most patients are successfully treated with a deep scaling and polish. In other cases, our Scottsdale dentist may recommend interdental brushes and improved oral care at home (better brushing and flossing techniques).
However, many patients with bad breath do have dental problems or a health condition. If gum disease goes unchecked and untreated, the result can be a tooth, soft tissue, and bone loss. Periodontitis can lead to a tooth infection and decay, and certain gastrointestinal concerns.
At Mercado Dental Care in Scottsdale, AZ, our skilled and experienced dentists can tackle most oral health issues leading to bad breath. For more complex cases you may be referred to a specialist for gum repair, endodontic treatment and/or tooth restoration,
Remember, chronic bad breath is a sign that something is not right. It is a warning that should not be ignored.