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Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can have a devastating effect on your social life. Even if you keep your teeth clean, bad breath can occur. Everyday activities including talking to others can be severely hindered due to bad breath and lead to extremely low self-esteem and depression. Avoid the dreaded curse of halitosis by understanding its causes.

Typically, most bad breath issues can easily be treated. Treatment methods include brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and even chewing sugarless gum. In these cases, bad breath can be eliminated if it is the result of bacteria in your mouth that simply needs to be washed away. However, this task can become increasingly difficult if you experience dry mouth symptoms, as saliva plays a key role in neutralizing acids and washing away food residue in your mouth.

Other more serious issues may be causing your bad breath. If you have suffered any tooth damage or have any cracks in your tooth enamel, it is possible for bacteria to enter the tooth and infect your pulp. If a pulp is infected, bad breath will persist beyond easy cleaning methods. In addition, kidney and liver problems, as well as respiratory tract infections, may be to blame for your bad breath. As with all oral health disorders, seek treatment from your dentist at our local dentist office.

Come speak with Derby Family Dentistry to learn which treatment is right for you. To schedule an oral exam with Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden and our team at our dentist office in Derby, Kansas, simply give us a call at 316-788-4000. Thanks for visiting with a smile!