Halitosis Treatments

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Halitosis treatments are determined by the source of the offensive mouth odors and unless the cause is obvious, such as having eaten cabbage or spicy food, must probably be diagnosed by a dentist. For minor problems, a more effective mouth rinse with effective ingredients might be the simple answer. One of the more common causes of bad breath are swollen gums. As frequent as this problem is, there are, nevertheless, quite a few possible causes to be considered.

Perhaps the gums around only one tooth are swollen, or maybe they are swollen so badly that the teeth are obscured. Whether minor or significant, swollen gums indicate some mouth or body problem that requires halitosis treatments. Starting with the mouth, gingivitis should immediately be suspected, and the dentist will look and probe for pockets of infection and irritation.

Halitosis Treatments and Health Problems

It is possible that a viral or fungal infection has attacked the gums, but an examination and possibly lab tests will distinguish gingivitis from these infections. Dentures that don't fit properly can easily irritate the gums and cause problems that need halitosis treatments. Some people are sensitive or allergic to certain toothpaste or mouthwash ingredients, especially flavorings and alcohol, and will need to look into a high-quality product.

For more general conditions, pregnancy in the first or second trimester is a common cause of swollen gums because of hormonal changes and changes in eating habits. Malnutrition is still a possibility, especially in certain parts of the country. A vitamin C deficiency affects many parts of the body, but will show up in bleeding and swollen gums. Whatever the cause, bad breath is always an indicator of an oral or bodily disorder that needs professional attention.

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