October is officially off and running as the holidays unfold around us. While this brings increased social interactions, if bad breath is dampening your smile confidence, we are here to help! Bad breath is not uncommon and can be easily treated depending on the cause and the severity of the condition. Dr. Steven Rodriguez, Dr. Swapna Kakarla, and Dr. Sandra Hanson at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea in Chelsea, Michigan, are skilled at helping our patients resolve their oral health issues.
To determine what is causing your bad breath (or halitosis), our dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth. The first line of defense is reducing the bacteria in your mouth. Some factors we will look for include plaque and tartar (which is hardened plaque), any fillings in your mouth that may be leaking, whether or not you have dry mouth, or an infection, abscess, or gum disease.
Depending on the cause of your bad breath, we may recommend deep cleanings, root canal or artificial saliva (in the case of dry mouth). In addition to your vigilant brushing and flossing, you may be prescribed an antimicrobial mouthwash. You can also boost healthy saliva production by increasing your water intake and chewing sugar-free gum.
Your confident smile can be restored with proper treatment to overcome bad breath. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea in Chelsea, Michigan, we are always ready to help you achieve a healthy smile. If you are seeking relief, please give us a call at 734-475-8911 today. Dr. Steven Rodriguez, Dr. Swapna Kakarla, and Dr. Sandra Hanson are happy to help you shine this holiday season!