What Is Halitosis?

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Halitosis is a fancy word to describe chronic bad breath. Although everyone can get bad breath, this is an issue that doesn’t go away after a few weeks. Worrying about frequent bad smelling breath can cause embarrassment and anxiety. Stono Dental Care can usually discover the cause of halitosis and provide treatment to clear it up.

What Causes Halitosis?

Oral Hygiene

There are many reasons why a person can get halitosis. The most common reason is improper oral hygiene. Plaque build-up, infrequent flossing, tongue bacteria, and dry mouth can cause bad breath. Start by regularly brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. You’ll also want to stay hydrated, so your body can produce saliva and prevent dry mouth from occurring.

Professional Cleaning

If you don’t notice any improvement after a few weeks of paying close attention to dental hygiene, it’s time to contact Stono Dental Care for an appointment. There might be an underlying cause for halitosis. Dr. Game, your local Johns Island dentist, will conduct a dental exam and our hygienist will give you a dental cleaning to remove any plaque build-up. Our team will look for cavities, gum disease, or other dental issues causing your chronic bad breath.

What Are the Symptoms of Halitosis?

Bad breath is the most noticeable symptom of halitosis. You may also notice a bad taste in your mouth. Sometimes trapped food particles cause a bad taste, but it becomes a concern if it lingers even after brushing your teeth and using mouthwash.

How Do You Treat Halitosis?

Treatment depends on the cause of halitosis. Most of the time, chronic bad breath can be fixed by stepping up your oral hygiene routine. There may also be some lifestyle changes required like drinking more water, stopping smoking, or cutting back on caffeine. If our team notices cavities or gum disease, we will recommend treatment. Filling cavities, taking care of root canals, or healing your gums may be all you need to get rid of halitosis.

Oral Care in Johns Island, SC

If you’re concerned about bad breath, schedule an appointment with our team at Stono Dental Care. We’ll do a thorough examination to determine the cause and go over treatment options with you. Our primary goal is to help you feel confident with your smile, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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