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Halitosis: Bad Breath Causes and Treatments

February 17, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Roberto Monteagudo
Close up of smile | Halitosis Treatment in West Allis WI

There are many people that suffer from severe bad breath or halitosis, which cannot only be embarrassing, but it is often a symptom of serious dental concerns. Yet, many people either don’t realize they have it, or don’t think it requires the attention of a dentist. Dr. Roberto Monteagudo can help those with halitosis find out what is causing their bad breath and treat it so you can have a healthier and cleaner mouth.

What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is another name for chronic bad breath. While most people might wake up with bad breath or get it after eating garlic and onions, brushing should be enough to remove these odors and freshen breath. Those with halitosis might still have bad breath or a bad taste in their mouth even after brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, meaning that there may be a bigger problem than just bad breath. 

What Causes Halitosis?

One of the main reasons people develop halitosis is because they could have gum disease. Food particles and bacteria can start to grow beneath the gum line and if it isn’t removed can start to decay and calcify causing bad breath. Often, once gum disease has been treated and the patient brushes and flosses daily, halitosis will go away. Poor oral hygiene has also been known to cause bad breath but is easier to treat than that caused by gum disease.

Treating Chronic Bad Breath

The first step in treating bad breath is to find out what is causing it. Once the underlying issue has been resolved, halitosis will sometimes go away. Another way to help keep your breath fresh is by brushing your tongue. Many people forget to brush their tongue during their oral care routine, leaving bacteria to grow and cause bad breath. There are several types of mouthwash and toothpaste that kill halitosis-causing bacteria that may aid in your fight for better breath.

See Your Dentist

Even if you think you can get rid of bad breath on your own, your dentist will be able to diagnose if there is something else causing it and treat it more efficiently. If you live in the West Allis, WI area and suffer from chronic bad breath, please do not hesitate to contact WisconsinSmiles to schedule an exam today!

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