Unfortunately, many people suffer from halitosis, a persistent case of bad breath, which seems to stick around no matter what a person may have eaten. In these cases, dental care, such as restorative dentistry treatments to address tooth decay and damage may be the trick to eliminating bad breath for good. Dr. Mark Caggiano offers bad breath treatment to his Seattle patients to improve a patient’s breath by treating the source of the problem.
Most people assume that the foods and beverages that they consume cause bad breath. In reality, this is only one possible cause of bad breath. These are the cases that are easily treated by a glass of water, a breath mint, a swig of mouthwash, or a toothbrush. Unfortunately, for many patients, the cause of bad breath goes much deeper, and is often the result of an oral health problem. Below are some possible causes of chronic bad breath:
If simple, at-home treatments have proven ineffective in treating bad breath, it is time to see your dentist to discuss treatment. Dr. Caggiano examines a patient’s teeth and gums to determine the most likely cause of bad breath. In this way, he can treat bad breath at its source and offer patient’s the best chance of finally eliminating persistently bad breath. Below are some of the treatment options that may be considered:
Dry mouth treatments: If a patient suffers from bad breath, they lack the ability to lubricate the mouth with saliva. Since saliva is a natural cleaning mechanism for the mouth, it is understandable that a lack of saliva may lead to bad breath. Dr. Caggiano can offer patients dry mouth treatment, such as artificial saliva rinses, to restore moisture to the mouth, which may help to prevent bad breath.
Periodontal treatment: Gum disease is an infection under the gums that can cause bad breath, among many other problems. Periodontal treatment can eliminate infection, improve the health of the gums, and assist in refreshing the breath.
Restorative dental treatments: Tooth decay is a condition that compromises the strength and structure of the teeth and a patient’s overall oral health. When tooth decay is present, some patients experience bad breath. Dr. Caggiano offers a range of restorative dental treatments, including fillings, inlays and onlays, and dental crowns, to treat tooth decay.
Root canal therapy: Just as an infection of the gums can result in bad breath, so can an infection of the inner tooth, more commonly known as a root canal infection. Root canal therapy treats infection, eliminates the side effects of infection (including bad breath), and restores the strength of the tooth.
If bad breath is a concern, it is probably time to seek professional dental care. Dr. Mark Caggiano can treat the source of bad breath to give you back the fresh-smelling breath you desire. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our bad breath treatment options. We look forward to hearing from you.
For over 25 years, Dr. Mark Caggiano, DDS has provided cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Caggiano received a degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Southern California. He has had extensive post-graduate training and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Caggiano makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles.