How to deal with bad breath

Handsome young man over grey grunge wall eating green apple with happy face smiling doing ok sign with hand on eye looking through fingers Everyone has dealt with bad breath at one point or another during their lifetime. For some, garlicy dinners contribute, and for others, bad breath is the norm upon waking up each morning. However, there are some individuals who may deal with more chronic bad breath that might not be related to common causes. In a situation where a patient is dealing with bad breath, or halitosis, on a more regular level, a trip to the dentist might help in finding the cause and seeking a solution. 

What causes bad breath? 

There are several reasons why a patient might be dealing with bad breath, either temporarily or on a more regular basis. Below are a few of the common causes why bad breath develops: 

  • Consumption of highly odorous foods
  • Poor oral health habits
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Certain supplements (i.e.. fish oil)

Once patients have determined the cause of their bad breath, they can work with the team at Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown to find the right solution. For many, it’s improvement in oral health habits. 

How a dentist can help with bad breath 

Bad breath might be caused by poor oral health habits. This is easy to resolve with the help of Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley. Patients will want to make it a habit to brush and floss their teeth after ever meal. Patients shouldn’t forget to also brush their tongue, as this can harbor bacteria as well that contributes to bad breath. The use of antibacterial mouthwashes and fluoride toothpastes can quickly fend off bad breath. Additionally, patients with conditions such as periodontal disease will want to seek effective treatment, and individuals who experience dry mouth on a regular basis should definitely talk to their dentist about ways to improve saliva production. 

Schedule a time to connect with Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley 

Georgetown, TX patients who are interested in learning more about ways of handling bad breath are encouraged to schedule a consultation visit and initial evaluation with Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley of Aesthetic Dentistry in Georgetown. The office is located at 3622 Williams drive, Building 2 and can be reached by phone at (512) 819-9100.

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