Bad Breath Treatment
Do you feel you have bad breath? If you do, let us know! There are a lot of factors that can contribute to bad breath (halitosis). We can help you determine the cause of your halitosis and make specific recommendations for eliminating it!
Some common causes of bad breath:
- Tooth decay or loose fitting crowns
- Bacteria in the mouth or tongue
- Garlic, onions and other strong smelling foods
- Periodontal/gum disease
- Nasal draingage
- Uncontrolled diabetes
Most halitosis is caused from bacteria in the grooves along the tongue. There is an easy way to determine if this is the main source of your bad breath. Take a plastic spoon and with a scraping motion drag the spoon from the back of the tongue to the front. Then either smell the spoon or have a trusted friend or relative smell the spoon. If an odor is detectable then this is most likely the cause of your bad breath. If there is an odor on the spoon, make sure you brush your tongue daily or use a tongue scraper.
Dr. Franklyn Alexander also recommends CloSYS Oral Rinse. CloSYS neutralizes the by products of the bacteria, eliminating the smell. CloSYS is available at our office as well as over the counter.
Please make a follow up appointment with our office or your dental professional to make sure there are no other dental or health problems that may be contributing to your halitosis. Dr. Alexander always make your health a priority!