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Halitosis

Everyone occasionally experiences halitosis (bad breath). For example, morning breath is a common condition due to nocturnal salivation (saliva helps wash food and bacteria out of the mouth, keeping 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
  • Using a tongue scraper, clean the surface of the tongue as much 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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