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Bad Breath: What Causes It and How to Treat It

December 26, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Khurram Lalani

Bad breath, also called halitosis, isn’t pleasant, but it can happen to people at any age. However, having chronic bad breath can be embarrassing and even point to an issue with your oral health. Bad breath can make it difficult to socialize or feel confident with others at work or school. 

At Fresh 32 Family Dentistry, we want to help you have a healthy, fresh, and beautiful smile! In addition to preventive care, we offer effective treatment for bad breath

What Causes Bad Breath?

Our mouths are miniature ecosystems filled with good and bad bacteria. Some of the bacteria are odor-producing, which leads to bad breath. When the bacteria accumulate, the sulfur compounds released can make your breath smell unpleasant. Brushing and flossing regularly can help keep this bacteria and bad breath at bay. 

Many different factors can cause bad breath:

  • Tooth decay 
  • Gingivitis and gum disease 
  • Food and drinks 
  • Smoking and using tobacco products 
  • Poor oral hygiene 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Oral infections 
  • Certain medications 
  • Mouth, nose, and throat conditions 
  • Some illnesses and diseases, like GERD

How We Treat Bad Breath in Mesquite

Good oral hygiene fights bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Further treatment for halitosis depends on the origin of the issue. For example, if you have a rotting tooth that’s the cause, we will treat the tooth, which can eliminate various symptoms, including bad breath. 

Common treatments for bad breath include:

  • Mouth rinses
  • Toothpastes 
  • Treatment of dental disease
  • Routine dental cleanings

Your dentist can recommend dental products to fight odor-causing bacteria and plaque buildup. 

Professional dental cleanings remove bacteria and plaque from the gum pockets if you have gingivitis or gum disease. Other treatments might include a restoration—like a crown or filling—to treat decay or an infected tooth. 

How to Fight Halitosis at Home 

To keep your breath fresh, we recommend:

  • Daily brushing and flossing
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid pungent foods, like onions and garlic
  • Stop smoking
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups

Contact Your Mesquite Dentist Today! 

Dr. Lalani can help you keep your breath smelling fresh and clean. If you have bad breath, call us today for help. We can find a treatment that works for you! 

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