What Your Dentist Can Do About Your Stinky Breath

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If you have stinky breath, your dentist can help you with your situation. Stinky breath is usually a sign of bacteria present in the mouth and can be a serious condition beyond having embarrassing breath.

If you have foul breath in addition to dental pain or bleeding gums, see your dentist right away. If you have stinky breath and you have dry mouth, your dentist can help in this area as well. In many cases, bad breath can be treated by diagnosing what is causing it in the first place. Chronic bad breath often continues for a while. Here are ways your dentist can help you with it.

They Can Clean Your Teeth and Gums​

Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria lives in your gums and coats your teeth and even your tongue. The best way for your dentist to remove the bad breath is to give your mouth a thorough cleaning. You can have your teeth and gums cleaned, which is called a periodontal cleaning, to help remove the plaque and bacteria that cause you foul breath.

They Can Prescribe Mouthwash​

If your mouth is dry, a special mouthwash can be prescribed by your dentist. A special mouthwash can be used to hydrate your mouth and help you flush out the bacteria and food particles that are present on your teeth, tongue, and gums. Since you need saliva to clean your mouth of germs that cause stinky breath, if you do have dry mouth, a special mouthwash can make a world of difference.

Your dentist can also recommend certain types of sugar-free gum to help you keep your mouth hydrated throughout the day to keep your bad breath at bay. If your bad breath returns rapidly even when using mouthwash and special chewing gum or you taste something gross in your mouth near a tooth or in special places near your gums, then see your dentist for further care.

If you have a rotten tooth or a cavity, or even an abscessed tooth, your breath can worsen. Your dentist may have to prescribe antibiotics in addition to other treatments to help your bad breath go away completely. This means you will have to have repeat treatments and even take precautions at home to ensure safe and healthy breath even after you see the dentist. If you have a fever or a sore jaw in addition to foul breath, make an emergency appointment with the dentist right away.


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