Dental Services, Preventative Dentistry

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Almost everyone has experienced bad breath, but unfortunately for some people, it may not go away after a quick brush of the teeth or by chewing on a breath mint. Bad breath in the morning or after a garlicky meal is common and usually temporary, but constantly having bad breath that doesn’t go away is something different. Many people suffer from chronic halitosis (bad breath), and it can negatively affect your confidence as well as your personal relationships. Please call us to make an appointment if this is something that you have experienced, we would love to find a solution to treat this condition.

There are many causes of chronic halitosis and we can either treat or help rule out a dental cause:

  • Untreated dental issues (cavities, deep pockets, plaque or tartar buildup)
  • Mouth, Nose, and throat infections
  • Dry mouth (a common side effect of many medications)
  • Smoking and tobacco
  • Systemic conditions (gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease)

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Poor hygiene – This is the most common cause of bad breath. When food particles are stuck between your teeth or elsewhere in your mouth, they get broken down by bacteria that grow there. That process releases a foul smell. The bacteria can also cause tooth decay and gum disease.

After you brush, flossing can help remove particles in between your teeth. And using a mouth rinse further reduces bacteria on the teeth and tongue, and in between the teeth. Brush and floss right away to get rid of any odiferous particles that might be stuck to your teeth.

You may be able to tell if you have bad breath by cupping your hands over your mouth and nose or licking the inside of your wrist, and smelling it. Bad breath is often caused by poor oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly can go a long way towards remedying this condition.