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What is best treatment option for severe bad breath?

If your dentist 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 severe bad breath. If the odor is of oral origin, your dentist can treat the cause of the problem.

If the odor is due to periodontal (gum) disease, your dentist can either treat the disease or refer you to a periodontist, a specialist in treating gum tissues. Periodontal (gum) 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, your dentist may recommend using a special antimicrobial mouthrinse. Your dentist may also recommend that when you brush your teeth, you also brush your tongue to remove excess plaque.
The best treatment for severe bad breath depends on the cause of the bad breath. It may simply be that you are not practicing good dental hygiene with regular brushing and flossing. However, severe bad breath may also be a sign of a more serious dental problem or infection. Bad breath can also be a symptom of an illness such as diabetes, kidney failure, or lung disease. If you feel that you have severe bad breath, talk to your doctor or dentist. Be sure you talk about any other health issues that may be causing your bad breath. You and your doctor or dentist can diagnose the cause of your bad breath and make the best treatment decision.

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