Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be many people’s biggest dental concern. Unlike cavities and many other oral health conditions, people usually don’t know they suffer from bad breath until it’s too late and someone else notices (and points it out).
So what causes bad breath? Almost all instances of halitosis are the result of bacteria and most commonly, bad breath is the result of poor oral home care and lack of regular dental cleanings. Fortunately, making improvements to your daily brushing and flossing regimen as well as using an oral antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine or Crest Pro-Health, can have a big impact!

However, some instances of halitosis or bad breath may be caused by one or more of the following conditions, which may require professional treatment:

  • Packing of food and/or debris between the teeth and under gum tissue
  • Open filling, crown or bridge margins
  • Unsealed crowns, veneers or bridges which have become de-bonded from the tooth
  • Bone and/or gum disease
  • Swollen gums
  • Acid reflux or GERD
  • Lifestyle habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Yeast infections of the mouth, also known as thrush
  • Dry mouth caused by certain medical conditions or medications

The dentists at Kennerly Dental Group aren’t here to judge anyone, we’re here to help you have the best oral health possible. If you are self-conscious or concerned about your current bad breath condition, we encourage you to set up a consultation with one of our dental professionals. Once we determine the underlying cause of your halitosis, we’ll provide you will a treatment plan that will address your symptoms and provide you with a clear at-home routine to help you avoid future occurrences of embarrassing bad breath.

Contact us today and let us help you figure out how to get rid of bad breath once and for all, (314) 842-5177.