Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, may be caused by a variety of factors, and can be embarrassing and a little gross. When you visit New Lenox Dental Group, our caring dentists can determine the cause of your bad breath and provide you with treatments to help eliminate it. Call us today at 815-485-2345 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Caesar Ciaglia and Dr. Jean Murphy and learn more about halitosis treatment in New Lenox, Illinois.
Several factors can cause bad breath, which is more formally known as halitosis. Bad breath may be caused by factors such as:
- Poor dental hygiene habits
- Certain foods, such as onions, garlic, etc.
- Dry mouth (xerostomia)
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Certain illnesses and medications
- Tobacco use
- Morning time
- Tooth decay and cavities
Based on the cause of your bad breath, our dentist can help you find a solution.
Because several types of illnesses and medical conditions may result in bad breath, it is important to check with your doctor and dentist to find out whether your illness or medication is causing bad breath. If you are healthy and suffer from bad breath, it may be caused by microbial deposits on the tongue. Simply brushing your tongue can reduce bad breath by as much as 70%. Another important way to prevent bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene; be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Be certain to visit your dentist on a regular basis to make sure any conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease are treated. Avoiding odorous foods like garlic and onions can help to keep your breath fresh, and quitting smoking or chewing tobacco can improve your breath as well.
To learn more about bad breath and how to prevent and treat it, call us today!