Deal with bad breath
Dr. Jim Ellis, D.D.S., understands the embarrassment and discomfort of bad breath; that’s why we offer halitosis treatment. Our experienced dental team is dedicated to providing the best possible dental care in Ogden, UT. We’re committed to helping our patients overcome bad breath.
We offer a range of treatment options for bad breath, including thorough cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup, antibacterial mouthwash, and specialized toothpaste. We also provide customized oral hygiene instructions to help you maintain good oral health and prevent the recurrence of bad breath.
If you’re struggling with bad breath, addressing the underlying cause is essential. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jim Ellis, D.D.S., today to receive personalized and effective treatment for halitosis. Call us at (801) 394-4519 to schedule your appointment with the leading dentist in Ogden, UT.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. These bacteria thrive in an environment that lacks oxygen, such as the back of the tongue and the spaces between the teeth. When you don’t brush and floss regularly, food particles can remain in your mouth, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell unpleasant. Sometimes, bad breath can also be caused by small stones that form in the tonsils and are covered with bacteria that produce odor.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can lead to bad breath. Bacteria build up on the teeth and gums, causing inflammation and infection, producing an odor. A dry mouth, caused by a lack of saliva, can cause bad breath. Saliva helps to wash away food particles and bacteria, so when there is not enough saliva in the mouth, it can cause bad breath.
Smoking and consuming certain foods and drinks, such as onions and garlic, can also cause bad breath. Finally, certain medical conditions, such as sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, and liver and kidney problems, can also cause bad breath.
How do you get your breath to stop smelling?
There are several things you can do to help prevent bad breath, including:
- Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice daily, floss at least once daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash to kill odor-causing bacteria.
- Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated helps prevent dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath.
- Avoid foods and drinks that cause bad breath: Certain foods and beverages, such as onions, garlic, coffee, and alcohol, can contribute to bad breath.
- Quit smoking: Smoking causes bad breath and can lead to gum disease and other oral health problems.
If you have tried these methods and still have bad breath, it may be time to seek professional help.
Bad breath treatment in Ogden, Utah
Our team is trained to identify the underlying causes of bad breath and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you overcome it.
During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your medical history and any lifestyle factors contributing to your bad breath. We’ll also perform a thorough dental exam to identify any underlying oral health issues causing the problem.
From there, we’ll develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, which may include the following:
- Improving oral hygiene: Regular brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping can go a long way in preventing bad breath. We’ll provide personalized recommendations for improving your oral hygiene routine.
- Treating gum disease: If gum disease is the underlying cause of your bad breath, we’ll develop a treatment plan to address the condition and improve your oral health.
- Addressing dry mouth: Dry mouth can contribute to bad breath. We’ll help you identify the cause of your dry mouth and provide solutions to keep your mouth moist and healthy.
- Prescribing medication: In some cases, prescription medications can treat underlying medical conditions contributing to bad breath.
Don’t let bad breath hold you back from feeling confident in your interactions with others. Call Dr. Jim Ellis, D.D.S. today at (801) 394-4519 to schedule an appointment for halitosis treatment with a trusted dentist in Ogden, Utah.
How can I tell if I have bad breath?
It can be challenging to tell if you have bad breath on your own as you become used to the smell over time. You may ask a trusted friend or family member for their opinion or try licking the inside of your wrist, letting it dry, and then smelling it. If the scent is unpleasant, you may have bad breath.
Can bad breath be treated with over-the-counter products?
Many over-the-counter products can help treat bad breath, such as mouthwash, chewing gum, and breath mints. However, these products only provide temporary relief and do not address the underlying cause of bad breath. Practicing good oral hygiene and seeking treatment from a dental professional if bad breath persists is essential.
What should I do if my child has bad breath?
Children can also experience bad breath, often caused by poor oral hygiene or an underlying dental issue. It’s vital to encourage good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing, and to schedule regular dental checkups for your child. If bad breath persists, consult your child’s dentist or pediatrician for further evaluation and treatment.