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Halitosis Treatment (Bad Breath Care)

Everyone occasionally experiences halitosis (bad breath). For example, morning breath is a common condition caused by the reduced saliva flow at night (saliva helps wash away food and bacteria in the mouth, keeping the breath fresh). The main causes of bad breath include the breakdown of food particles in your mouth, bacteria buildup, mouth dryness and tooth decay. Halitosis can be treated by our dental professionals who will work with you to help identify the underlying cause and put together a treatment plan. We use scaling and root planing to remove the tartar below the gumline and to smoothen the roots. To prevent halitosis, it is recommended that patients keep up with routine check-ups and cleanings and maintain healthy oral hygiene habits at home.
Tips to maintain fresh breath:
  • Maintain good dental hygiene – brushing the teeth, gums and tongue at least twice per day and floss once per day
  • Use a tongue scraper, cleaning as far back on the tongue as possible
  • Increase water consumption
  • Visit your dentist at least twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam
  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugarless candy
  • Eat foods like raw carrots and celery
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have regarding halitosis or our treatment options.
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