Bad breath: it embarrasses you when you interview for a job, when you meet someone new, and when you kiss your sweetheart. But bad breath isn't just an embarrassment issue-it could be a sign of a medical problem that needs treatment.
Dr. Skeels and our staff can help identify the cause of your bad breath at our Rochester, NY office. We also treat any underlying dental conditions that cause it.
Smoking and certain foods like garlic and onions could cause bad breath. Cut back on smoking and change your diet for a fresher mouth. You can also reduce bad breath by drinking plenty of water, chewing sugarless gum, and brushing and flossing regularly.
But bad breath doesn't always relate to diet and lifestyle. Bad breath could result from several different disease sand conditions such as:
- Gum disease
- Sinus infections
- Liver or kidney problems
If you have bad breath, our Rochester, NY dentist can examine your mouth and ask you questions about your health to determine the cause.
If an oral issue causes your halitosis, Dr. Skeels can treat the problem to reverse your bad breath. For example, if the bad breath results from gum disease, Dr. Skeels will remove harmful tartar and bacteria to reverse gum disease symptoms. If cavities cause it, Dr. Skeels can fill them to stop bacteria growth.
Simple teeth cleanings can do wonders in reducing bad breath. Regularly cleaning your teeth removes bacteria and plaque that affects your breath's aroma. Remember to brush and floss regularly and to visit our dentist office at least twice a year for cleanings.
Dentures, mouth guards,and retainers can also cause bad breath, so make sure to clean them regularly. If you suspect they don't fit correctly, see Dr. Skeels for a replacement.
Don't feel constantly embarrassed by your bad breath. Our Rochester, NY staff will gladly treat it. Call us for an appointment at (585) 467-7000.