Bad breath, clinically known as halitosis, can often be an embarrassment for many patients. It can often affect both personal and professional relationships by causing them to avoid one on one interactions. More importantly, it may be the sign of an underlying oral health problem such as periodontal disease or tooth decay.
The key to successfully addressing halitosis is identifying the root cause. Arlington Heights dentists Dr. Brent Engelberg and Dr. Jennifer Mullarkey provide diagnosis and treatment for bad breath to help restore your confidence- and often improve your dental health.
Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey will discuss your medical history, lifestyle habits and evaluate your oral health to determine the cause of your halitosis and recommend an effective treatment option. There are several common causes of halitosis that can be remedied with personalized dental care and oral hygiene:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay and cavities
- Yeast infections in the mouth such as thrush
- Dry mouth
- Lifestyle habits such as smoking
- Poor fitting dental appliances
Halitosis can also be caused by certain medications, medical conditions and illness. In this situation, we may coordinate treatment with your regular physician.
Treatment can range from periodontal therapy to special rinses and oral hygiene products to be used regularly. Dr. Engelberg may also recommend lifestyle changes to improve your breath and overall health.
If you have been suffering with bad breath that is affecting your quality of life, schedule a consultation with Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey to learn more about treatment for halitosis and to improve your dental health.