What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is a sophisticated word for “bad breath.” Depending on the cause, bad breath may be a temporary problem or may be a more persistent condition. The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria. Because the mouth is moist and warm, it creates perfect conditions for the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth. Brushing your tongue can help decrease the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Bad breath may also be related to gum disease or decay in your mouth, sinus issues or stomach problems. In these cases it is often best to address the condition causing the bad breath, which will then help to improve the breath. If your bad breath is caused by a medical condition, our dentists will work with your general physician or other doctor to ensure you receive the care you need.

Other factors may also contribute to bad breath, including consuming certain foods like onions and garlic. A change in your diet may help to improve your breath. To learn more about treatment for bad breath in Waco, TX, we invite you to call or visit Dr. Miller or Dr. Hinds today at Creekwood Dental Arts. We look forward to caring for your smile.

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