Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro of Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry in Mesa, AZ, work with patients who are struggling with bad breath, also known as halitosis. While there are many potential causes of halitosis, the most common cause is poor oral hygiene. By better understanding what causes halitosis, patients can find a solution that meets their needs.
What causes halitosis?
Without proper care of the smile, plaque and bacteria often build up on teeth and gums, causing an unpleasant smell. Other potential causes of halitosis include certain foods, tobacco use, dry mouth, and some medical conditions. When you are able to pinpoint the cause of the bad breath, you can then work with a dental provider to find a solution at home or with the help of the dentist.
How to address halitosis at home
If you are struggling with persistent bad breath, the first step is to improve your oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. You may also want to try using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from your tongue. In addition, remember to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.
If you have tried improving your oral hygiene habits but are still struggling with bad breath, there are a few other things you might try. Over-the-counter mouthwashes and toothpaste can help to mask bad breath. Some people also find that regularly chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free mints helps to freshen their breath.
When to see a dentist for halitosis
Even after taking measures to improve your oral hygiene, you may not see improvement. This is when it is time to see your dentist. A dental professional at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry will be able to help you determine the underlying cause of the bad breath and develop a treatment plan. In some cases, this may involve changing certain medications or addressing an underlying medical condition. Do not hesitate to reach out to one of our dental professionals if you are struggling with bad breath.
Call Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry to learn more about halitosis treatment!
Working with our team is easy! If you live in the area of Mesa, AZ, and want to speak to our professionals about treatment for bad breath, call 480-834-6991 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team.