Bad Breath Treatment in NYC
Dr. Scott Froum provides bad breath treatment to patients in Midtown NYC. Contact us at 212-751-8530 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Suffering from bad breath, halitosis, can be severely stigmatizing and have a dramatic effect on your social life and activities. If you suffer from bad breath, Dr. Scott Froum will help you to find the right combination of treatments to help reduce or eliminate your bad breath problems.
What Causes Bad Breath
Bad breath can be caused by problems in the mouth, digestive system, sinus cavity, nasal cavity, and respiratory system. Oral microflora, made from hundreds of types of bacteria that are naturally found in your mouth, digest the same foods that you eat when they are left on your teeth. The waste these bacteria create, called volatile sulfur compounds, lead to bad breath. In addition, these volatile sulfur compounds can cause inflammation and damage to the gum tissues that support your teeth. This can have a cyclic effect because the “pockets” that develop from gum disease can trap bacteria and lead to waste products that affect breath.
In addition, smoking, aging, and medications that dry out the mouth, can lead to an increase in these compounds. Devices such as removable dentures, spaces between teeth, cavities, broken down teeth, crooked teeth, poorly fitting crowns, and braces can also trap food, leading to bad breath.
Things outside of the mouth such as digestive problems, gastric reflux disease, sinus infections, and some genetic disorders can also cause bad breath problems. For example, bacterial by-products from the lungs and sinus cavity are directly linked to the mouth and can result in bad breath. Inflammatory bowel disorders such as colitis & Chron’s disease and other diseases that cause inflammation of the digestive system have been known to have a negative effect on breath.
Bad Breath Diagnosis
There are multiple methods to diagnose bad breath. Subjective tests that are not tremendously reliable include exhaling and smelling your breath, smelling the floss or interproximal devices after use, licking your wrist and smelling it, and asking your friends and family if they detect a bad odor. Other more objective tests include Gas Chromatography which uses a machine to detect volatile sulfur compounds in your breath even at low concentrations and DNA PCR tests which are able to detect the specific oral bacteria in your mouth known to cause bad breath. Proper diagnosis is key to finding successful treatments.
Bad Breath Solutions
The good news is there are many effective treatments available to combat this problem. The first step is to get professionally evaluated by Dr. Scott Froum. Oral hygiene treatments, nutritional counseling, home care improvement, custom designed rinses and creams are all available to diagnose and treat bad breath. Contact us to set up an evaluation and speak with Dr. Scott Froum about other ways to manage bad breath.
Contact us at 212-751-8530 to schedule an appointment.