Halitosis (Bad Breath) Treatment

Halitosis is a medical condition for people with chronic bad breath. However, you don't have to live with it forever, there are ways to prevent and eliminate it!

Bad Breath/Halitosis Treatment

Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is a common problem for about 1 in 4 people worldwide. It’s caused by oral bacteria that becomes trapped in your mouth for an extended amount of time. The key to dealing with it is treating the root of the problem—removing the source of the odor. Most over-the-counter remedies such as mouthwash, mints, and gum can only cover up the issue.

At Century Family Dental, we treat halitosis with a professional cleaning and oral cleanse to reach crevices not normally accessed by regular brushing and flossing. Occasionally, a deep cleaning, consisting of scaling and root planing, and potentially tongue scraping, is necessary to remove bacteria trapped below the gum line.

Illustration of a small dental mirror inside a mouth reflecting the bacteria that causes halitosis/bad breath
  • What causes bad breath?

    Bad breath (also known as halitosis), the unpleasant smell caused by certain bacteria in the mouth, can be caused by poor dental hygiene and exacerbated by certain foods. The most common cause of halitosis is inadequate dental hygiene. If particles of food are left in the mouth, their breakdown by bacteria produces sulfur compounds. If regular brushing, flossing, and hydration doesn’t solve it, the best solution is to see your dentist for a deep cleaning.

  • What is the best chewing gum for bad breath?

    Chewing sugar-free gum can help remedy bad breath until you are able to see your dentist for a deep cleaning. The best chewing gum is sugar-free chewing gum. The sweetness of this gum comes from sweeteners and not sugar, so it doesn’t cause tooth decay. In addition to masking bad breath, chewing sugar-free gum helps protect your teeth and gums between meals.

  • Does smoking cause bad breath?

    Bad breath is a common problem for smokers. Heavy smokers tend to have more frequent bouts of bad breath than occasional smokers. Some studies suggest that smokers are less likely than non-smokers to notice that they have bad breath.

    Smoking and vaping can cause dry mouth, which creates a film on the teeth that bacteria can cling to. This thin film creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Dry mouth has a significant correlation to smoking and vaping, which is also a leading cause of halitosis.

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Century Family Dental

116 East Main Street
Westborough MA 01581
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