Halitosis Treatment in Glenview, IL
Fresh Breath Treatment Centers of America
At Fresh Breath Treatment Centers of America, we offer a unique way of eliminating breath disorders without any surgical intervention. Already a proven method of treatment in the United State by thousands of individuals diagnosed with halitosis, it offers complete confidence in having close contact without the embarrassment of bad breath.
First, we begin with a complete diagnosis. This is done to determinate what contributing factors reside in the oral cavity. A full dental examination along with an analysis of the gases in the breath disorders can be helped, but some medical problems require the attention of a medical specialist. However, for breath problems arising in the oral cavity, neutralizing and eliminating the odor can be accomplished 95% of the time.
The treatment of halitosis in most cases involves the delivery of care to both the dental and at times medical condition. The first stage of treatment is to test the severity of the VSC gases being released. This test is done using a device called a halimeter. The halimeter measures the amount of sulfur being released. The severity of the halitosis determines the form of treatment. After the measurement, we then begin treating the oral cavity with a site-specific chemical that neutralizes the sulfur gases. This chemical is Chlorine Dioxide. Chlorine works by oxidizing the sulfur molecules in bad breath causes, thus eliminating the odor entirely. Special cleaning therapy along with similar home rinses mast be recommended. Throughout the course of treatment, the gases of the oral cavity will continue to be monitored with the halimeter.
If you or someone you know is among the many people who suffer from bad breath, the Fresh Breath Treatment Centers of America can help you stop worrying about breathing problems and start breathing easier – with confidence.
What causes bad breath?
More than just a social problem, halitosis (bad breath) is a dental and medical problem. Halitosis can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as xerostomia (dry mouth), diabetes, or a gastrointestinal problem. Halitosis can also be a sign of periodontal disease, or a bacterial build up in the mouth.
Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
Some patients have a small amount of saliva and naturally have a dry mouth. Others have experienced a sense of dry mouth due to medications they are taking, medical conditions or due to mouthwash they are using. When your mouth is dry, saliva, which naturally carries oxygen, is unable to help cleanse the mouth, allowing bacteria to overgrow and halitosis to develop.
When a person has a post nasal drip due to a cold or allergies, mucus drains and coats the back of the tongue and throat. This mucous is broken down in the mouth and causes halitosis.
Coffee contains high levels of acids, which stimulate the production of bacteria in the mouth, which can also lead to halitosis.
Common Signs of Halitosis (Bad Breath)
- A white coated tongue.
- A sour, bitter, or metallic taste in the mouth.
- Xerostomia or dryness in the mouth, extreme morning breath, or evidence of thicker saliva.
What are the symptoms of bad breath?
It is not uncommon that others may notice chronic bad breath before the person does. The most obvious sign of halitosis is the foul odor that comes from the mouth. More signs of bad breath can include:
- Bad, sour, or change in taste
- Dry mouth
- Coating on the tongue
There are many ways for Halitosis to be treated. The one that is almost guaranteed to work every time is by mechanical and chemical irritation of the oral cavity.
- First, it is important to diagnose halitosis: Before anyone can begin to treat halitosis, one must determine if they truly have the halitosis bacteria. To determine this, we use a gas chromatography instrument in our office called the Oral Chroma.
- After the diagnosis, we recommend treatment to decrease the bacteria count so both the halitosis-causing bacteria and foul odor begin to dissipate.
The treatment begins with an ultrasonic device using a chlorine dioxide solution and irrigating the oral cavity. The treatment is noninvasive and takes about 45 minutes to complete. It takes 2-3 treatments to lower the halitosis-causing bacteria.
After finishing treatment, it is important to maintain up-keep by having follow up appointments every 4-6 months after the initial round of treatment is over.
Remember to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush and floss regularly and scrape the tongue. Having good oral health will help bad breath caused by food particles remaining in the mouth.
- See a dentist regularly to sustain dentures, braces, and other dental fixtures.
- Do not smoke or use any tobacco products
Easy ways to prevent bad breath include drinking water regularly and chewing or eating sugar-free candy and gum to stimulate saliva and keep the mouth moist. Having good oral health habits may mask the odor but will not treat the underlying causes of chronic bad breath.
If chronic bad breath is caused by a health issue like diabetes or acid reflux, it needs to be treated by a healthcare professional.
Discuss with a doctor whether bad breath is a side effect of a medication.
Schneider Dental Associates
Schneider Dental Associates is a modern dental clinic, specialized in advanced diagnostics and treatment of dental and oral disorders. We offer comprehensive services from all fields of dentistry. In addition to high-end dental equipment, all services are provided in a comfortable, luxury environment.
Monday8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday8:00am - 4:00pm*