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Does Scaling and Root Planing Cure Bad Breath?

One of the most common causes for bad breath, also known as halitosis, includes active gum disease and an accumulation of hard, stuck-on tartar and plaque. Patients who don’t regularly brush or floss their teeth, and who do not receive routine dental checkups are at a greater risk for developing bad breath due to poor oral hygiene.  These patients will often require deep dental cleaning which involves both scaling and root planing to adequately remove plaque, treat active gum disease, and prevent any further halitosis.

What is Chronic Halitosis?

Chronic halitosis refers to long-term bad smelling breath that is often a result of poor oral hygiene and a lack of proper dental follow up. Unlike acute halitosis which can be relieved with mouthwash, brushing and flossing, and avoiding certain foods like garlic; chronic halitosis requires deeper cleaning from a dental professional to truly get rid of.

Does Tartar Build Up Cause Bad Breath?

Tartar can absolutely lead to bad breath, especially if allowed to accumulate for a long period of time. Because tartar leads to an accumulation of bacteria, these bacteria can slowly break down foods in your mouth and produce an unpleasant odor that can only be fixed by receiving a deep dental cleaning. Of course, regular dental care like brushing and flossing is also extremely important to prevent future instances of halitosis.

Does Plaque Cause Bad Breath?

Plaque can also cause bad breath, but is fortunately easier to remove than tartar. While tartar is often unable to be removed with simple brushing and flossing and is typically present for a longer period of time, plaque is softer and therefore can be properly removed with just regular dental care. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing on a consistent basis, and having your teeth checked at least twice a year by a dentist are the best ways to both get rid of and prevent plaque build up and avoid bad breath.

Will My Bad Breath Go Away After Dental Cleaning?

If you’re experiencing bad breath associated with inflamed gums, unstable teeth, or built up plaque; the most likely cause of your bad breath is active gum disease and tartar/plaque buildup. In these cases, a deep dental cleaning can help treat your active disease and thereby reduce or completely cure bad breath. Prevention of halitosis is also extremely important. This requires proper brushing, flossing, and avoidance of foods that can easily get stuck in the teeth.

However, if your bad breath persists even after scaling and root planing, the cause of your bad breath could be due to other medical conditions such as acid reflux or stones in your salivary glands. In these cases, it’s important to consult your doctor for appropriate treatment of the underlying cause of your bad breath.