Halitosis (Bad Breath)
Do You Have Bad Breath?
Halitosis, or bad breath, is an embarrassing problem that nearly everyone recognizes, yet few want to talk about (even with your dentist). Our dental team can help you get to the bottom of this problem and give you simple solutions to treat and prevent bad breath.
Bad breath has many causes, such as:
- Odor-causing foods
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Bacteria growing on the tongue
- Dry mouth
- Use of tobacco products
- Sinus or respiratory infections
- Gastric reflux
- Some medical disorders or medications
- Improperly cleaned dentures
- Poor oral hygiene
We can help you identify the cause of bad breath, and if it is related to an oral condition, we can set up a treatment plan to get rid of this problem. Treatment may be easier than you think.
Here are some quick tips for preventing bad breath:
- Make sure to make regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and exam. Removal of tartar (calculus) build-up can significantly help with bad breath.
- Avoid constant use of breath mints and other hard candies containing sugar. They only temporarily hide bad breath and can lead to tooth decay.
- Make a list of over-the-counter and prescribed medications that you take and discuss with your health professionals.
- Look for oral hygiene products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, a symbol of safety and effectiveness.
- Brush twice a day and brush your tongue and other oral tissues, too. Use floss to clean between teeth once a day.
- If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night. Clean them carefully before putting them back in your mouth the next morning.
If you find you are always using breath mints or mouthwash to cover-up the problem – give us a call! We are happy to help restore confidence in your oral health.