Bad breath (also called halitosis) isn’t just embarrassing. It can also signal you have an oral health issue that needs to be addressed. Let us know if you’re experiencing chronic halitosis. We’ll help identify the root cause and correct the problem. Most of the cures for bad breath aren’t complicated – and they’ll improve your overall dental health.
Ask us about your bad breath problem during your next exam at our Plainfield office. To schedule one, call us today at 317-682-0884. In the meantime, see if you think one of these possible causes of bad breath might apply to you.
Cures for Bad Breath Are Usually Pretty Simple
Here are some common causes of bad breath, along with how we typically address them:
- Dry Mouth – Saliva rinses away bacteria that causes bad breath. So if you don’t have enough, chances are your breath smells bad. Dr. Eccles can offer suggestions that will help, such as drinking plenty of water or using special mouth moistening products.
- Gum Disease – Chronic halitosis is a sign of gum disease. We can treat it with a deep cleaning, and we’ll refer more advanced cases to a periodontist (gum specialist) located right next to our office.
- Poor Oral Hygiene – Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day, to remove the food debris that help bacteria thrive in your mouth. Visit us every six months for a professional dental cleaning.
- Smoking – This bad habit causes dry mouth, plus leaves your mouth stinking of smoke and nicotine. Dr. Eccles can provide advice that will help you quit.
- Missing Meals – Frequently skipping meals often results in bad breath. If you don’t have time to eat a full meal, try to at least have a healthy snack like a protein bar. You can also chew sugarless gum or suck on sugar-free mints.
- Mouthguards – If your mouthguard doesn’t fit well, it gives bacteria a chance to accumulate and cause bad breath. Ask Dr. Eccles to fit you for a custom-made mouthguard. The superior fit will make it harder for bacteria to collect. Clean your mouthguard every time you use it, and keep it dry between uses.
If you need to make an appointment at our Plainfield office, call 317-682-0884 today.