Bad breath, known as halitosis, is a common problem that many patients face. It can often be an embarrassing condition to deal with, which is why our caring dentists are here to help. At West Ashley Family Dentistry, Dr. James Dickert and Dr. Agatha Lynn help patients treat bad breath in Charleston, SC. They work one-on-one with patients to find the answers to their dental problems.
What Causes Halitosis?
There are multiple common causes of bad breath, including:
- Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands in the mouth do not produce enough saliva. Saliva helps remove any particles that cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by a lack of hydration or certain medications.
- Gum Disease: Periodontitis, or gum disease, is caused by a buildup of bacteria on and around the gums. Halitosis is often a warning sign of gum disease, so it is important to visit our office to get your teeth and gums checked. We will be able to help determine if gum disease is the cause of your ba
- Smoking and Tobacco Use: Patients who smoke cigarettes or use products that contain tobacco are more prone to halitosis. Smoking or using tobacco can also cause dry mouth.
- Medical Conditions: Chronic reflux, metabolic disorders, and some cancers may cause bad breath. This is because they can release bad-smelling chemicals or regurgitate acids from the stomach.
Treating Bad Breath in Charleston, SC
Routine dental care and dental appointments can help prevent bad breath. During routine dental cleanings, our dental hygienists remove bacteria and plaque from the teeth and gums. They will also use toothpaste and mouthwash for a lasting clean. Our dentists can also discuss possible causes of halitosis with you to find the best solution for your oral health problems. They always take the goals and dental history of each patient before care.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dickert and Dr. Lynn online. If you are a new patient, contact our office by calling (843) 371-5480. Current patients may call (843) 571-7951. Please let us know if you have any remaining questions about your dental concerns or possible treatment options. We will be happy to help.