Halitosis Treatment for Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath, clinically known as halitosis, can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but it is treatable. With deep cleanings and professional guidance from your friends at Alpha Dental, you don't have to go on living with bad breath.

Bad Breath Treatment in Clarksville, TN

Approximately 25% of people globally suffer from chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis. This common problem can lead to embarrassment and anxiety. Fortunately, there are effective remedies available.

Halitosis occurs due to oral bacteria that stays in the mouth for a prolonged period. To treat it effectively, the root cause must be addressed by eliminating the source of the odor. 

Most over-the-counter products like mouthwash, mints, and gum only mask bad breath.

At Alpha Dental, we treat halitosis with professional cleanings and oral cleanses that reach areas not typically accessible with regular brushing and flossing. In some cases, a deep cleaning, including scaling, root planing, and possibly tongue scraping, is helpful to remove trapped bacteria.

Graphic showing bacteria buildup in the mouth
  • Why does my breath always stink?

    Persistent bad breath, or halitosis, is often caused by poor oral hygiene, which allows bacteria to build up on the teeth, gums, and tongue.

    Other common causes include dry mouth, certain foods, smoking, gum disease, and underlying health conditions like sinus infections or gastrointestinal issues.

    Regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene, staying hydrated, and addressing underlying health issues can help improve bad breath.

  • What is the best chewing gum for bad breath?

    Chewing gum can help remedy bad breath until you can see your dentist for a deep cleaning. The best chewing gum is sugar-free chewing gum. The sweetness of this gum comes from alternatives to sugar, such as xylitol, so it doesn’t cause tooth decay.

    Besides masking bad breath, chewing sugar-free gum helps protect your teeth and gums between meals. Teeth are more at risk of an acid attack immediately after meals. Chewing gum helps to reduce acid and the harm it causes. It prompts the mouth to produce more saliva, its natural defense against acid.

  • Does smoking cause bad breath?

    Yes, smoking can cause bad breath. Tobacco products leave particles in the mouth, leading to an unpleasant odor. Additionally, smoking reduces saliva flow, leading to dry mouth, which further contributes to bad breath. Smoking can also increase the risk of gum disease, another source of chronic bad breath. Quitting smoking and maintaining good oral hygiene can help improve breath odor.

Questions About Bad Breath Treatment?

If you have more questions about halitosis/bad breath treatment, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Alpha Dental

2485 Fort Campbell Blvd, Suite 101
Clarksville, TN 37042
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