Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. If you’re concerned about bad breath, come see Dr. Ben Johnson at Johnson Family Dental in Paducah. Dr. Johnson can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it.
Dentists, like Dr. Johnson, are taught in dental school about the oral causes of bad breath. Regular checkups will allow your dentist to detect any problems such as periodontal disease, a dry mouth or other disorders that may be the cause of bad breath. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating periodontal disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath.
If your Dr. Johnson determines that your mouth is healthy and that the odor is not of oral origin, you may be referred to your family physician or to a specialist to determine the cause of the odor and for treatment. Of course, if the odor is of oral origin, as it is in the majority of cases, Dr. Johnson can treat the cause of the problem.
If the odor is due to periodontal disease, Dr. Johnson can either treat the disease or refer you to a periodontist, a specialist in treating gum tissues. Periodontal disease can cause gum tissues to pull away from the teeth and form pockets. When these pockets are deep, only a professional periodontal cleaning can remove the bacteria and plaque that accumulate. Sometimes more extensive treatment is necessary.
If you have extensive build-up of plaque, an invisible layer of bacteria, we may recommend using a special antimicrobial toothpaste or mouth rinse. Antiseptic and antibacterial mouth rinses and toothpastes can be beneficial in reducing plaque and gingivitis and also have breath freshening properties. Instead of simply masking breath odor, some of these products have been demonstrated to kill the germs that cause bad breath.
If bad breath is an issue for you, give Johnson Family Dental a call today at (270) 554-2432 to schedule an appointment or stop by our office located at 2913 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY.