Bad Breath / Halitosis

Aminda Modrell, DDS

Dentist located in Alamo, CA

If you have chronic bad breath, also called halitosis, you may have an underlying issue with your teeth or gums. Aminda Modrell, DDS, in Alamo, California, and her friendly team of caring professionals can help identify the cause of your bad breath and provide treatment that will improve your oral health and end the embarrassment of halitosis. For relief from chronic bad breath, contact the office, or schedule an appointment online.

Bad Breath / Halitosis Q & A

What causes bad breath?

Everyone has strong breath now and then, but if you have chronic bad breath, or halitosis, there may be an underlying medical or dental cause. If you have chronic bad breath and mints or breath fresheners don’t help, it’s a good idea to have a full dental exam.

Dental conditions that cause ongoing bad breath include:

  • Plaque due to poor oral hygiene
  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Dry mouth
  • Oral thrush, also known as candida or yeast infection

Dr. Modrell and her team use advanced diagnostic technology, including digital X-rays and intraoral cameras, to thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums and to determine if the cause of your bad breath is related to your oral health.

How is bad breath treated?

Treatment for halitosis caused by dental issues depends on which condition is causing your bad breath, for example:

Plaque or cavities

A gentle, professional cleaning by a dental hygienist at Aminda Modrell, DDS, will eliminate surface bacteria and plaque, as well as in the spaces between your teeth and gums. Treating cavities will remove any odor from decaying tooth enamel.

Gingivitis or gum disease

Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums, and it can be treated with prescription mouthwash. If you have a more advanced form of gum disease, a special gum cleaning followed by antibiotics may help with halitosis. Dr. Modrell may recommend you come to the office for more frequent cleanings and checkups if you have these conditions.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be caused by medications or systemic illness, and it often leads to oral thrush. Artificial saliva and other moisturizers can help relieve dry mouth, and prescription mouthwash can help oral thrush. If you have chronic dry mouth, Dr. Modrell may recommend more frequent visits because dry mouth can cause other dental problems besides bad breath.

Brushing, flossing, and having regular checkups and cleanings are the best ways to prevent bad breath or halt the progress of conditions that cause halitosis.

If you suffer from chronic bad breath, don’t be afraid to get help. Dr. Modrell and her team provide compassionate, comfortable dentistry to all patients, no matter the condition of their teeth and gums. To learn more, contact the office, or schedule an appointment online.