Your Smile and Halitosis

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Oftentimes, when an individual tries to treat bad breath, they end up simply masking the odors involved. To properly treat bad breath, you will have to get to the cause or the issue. This includes keeping your mouth clean and free of bacteria and finding out if there’s a problem within your body that needs to be assessed. Only by understanding what is causing your bad breath, can you make sure that it will not continue to arise.

Because of various social stigmas, it can often be embarrassing to continually suffer from bad breath. In some instances, your bad breath may simply be a sign that your oral hygiene needs improvement. Make sure that you’re brushing and flossing effectively every single day and using supplementary cleaning methods such as mouthwash and sugarless chewing gum. You should also visit your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning.

Not all causes of bad breath are related to poor oral hygiene. Your bad breath could be associated with an underlying condition in your body that is linked to an illness or infection. This could be anything from respiratory tract infections to issues with your liver and kidneys. If your bad breath is linked to an oral health problem, gum disease or a toothache may be an issue.

Do you want to learn more about bad breath and its effect on your smile? If so, please call 601-981-8166 to schedule an appointment with Lakeland Dental Care at our dental office in Jackson, Mississippi, for your oral health care treatments. Dr. Alex Abernathy and our expert team believe it’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you!