Bad Breath (Halitosis)

 

What is Halitosis?

Has anyone ever told you that you have halitosis?  Unfortunately, that means you are a chronic sufferer of bad breath.  That unpleasant odor radiating from your mouth is a result of buildup of plaque and bacteria.  While some cases of bad breath can be cleared up with a piece of gum or a quick brush, others may be more long-lasting.  Schedule a consultation with Treasured Smiles Dentistry if you’re concerned that your halitosis may be a result of a serious dental issue, like gum disease.

Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath is most commonly caused by a buildup of food particles that begin to deteriorate in the mouth.  It’s also no surprise that foods like garlic, anchovies, and raw onions can really pack a punch.  That being said, other causes of bad breath include the following:

Poor Dental Hygiene – Are you lax in brushing and flossing?  The decay of food in your mouth will most likely emit an unfavorable smell?
Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
Respiratory Infections or Other Illnesses – Even sinus illnesses or acid reflux can contribute to an unpleasant odor.
Dry Mouth
Mouth Infections or Gum Disease

 Schedule a Consultation Today!

Whether you need a simple teeth cleaning or would like to discuss your concerns regarding the causes of your bad breath, call us at 815-806-1600 today! For more information regarding our location and hours, please visit our contact page.  You can also inquire about setting up an appointment online.

At Treasured Smiles Dentistry, we look forward to serving you.  We are confident that we can find the right treatment plan that suits your dental needs.