Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is often easily treatable. The most frequent causes of bad breath include:

  • Eating pungent foods like garlic and onions
  • Smoking or using smokeless tobacco products
  • Periodontal disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Medical conditions
  • Improper or inconsistent dental homecare

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Tongue cleaning
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Regular cleanings can help

Treating Bad Breath

Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is one of the first steps in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue’s surface is made of many tiny fissures; small particles of food can get trapped in these fissures and begin to decompose. Bad breath occurs when the bacteria that thrives in these areas produce a common compound called sulfur.

Periodontal disease is another source of sulfur-producing bacteria. The plaque and tartar that build up around your teeth and gums create pockets that trap food and bacteria, creating an environment where sulfur is produced. The good news? The treatment of periodontal disease will also treat the bad breath symptoms.

When we treat bad breath, we first remove the sulfur-producing bacteria from your mouth during a professional cleaning. If your bad breath is caused by dry mouth, we’ll investigate the causes and suggest treatment options.

Next, we’ll work with you to set up a homecare routine that will include daily brushing, flossing, and possibly tongue cleaning and an anti-bacterial rinse.

Bad breath is embarrassing, but with the right tools and regular care, it’s reversible. With treatment, you’ll notice improvement right away and soon enjoy fresh breath and a healthier mouth.

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