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What Is Halitosis & Which Treatments Can Help? January 10, 2019

Downtown Anchorage, Anchorage
What Is Halitosis & Which Treatments Can Help?, Anchorage, Alaska

If you have ever watched a friend, family member, or coworker shrink away from you as soon as you started speaking, you may have been dealing with halitosis without even realizing it. Here is a little more information about what halitosis is, what causes it, and how your dentist can help. 

Understanding Halitosis

What Is Halitosis?

Commonly confused with run-of-the-mill bad breath, halitosis is an ongoing condition that can be caused by everything from dry mouth and tooth decay to ongoing medical conditions, upper respiratory infections, or even lifestyle choices, like drinking and smoking. 

dentistHalitosis presents itself when the bacteria in your mouth and throat emit volatile organic compounds that scent your breath. If your mouth is dry due to certain medications, drinking, smoking, or dehydration, these bacteria aren’t washed away normally with saliva. Some medical conditions can also allow bacteria to flourish in your lungs and throat, contributing to bad breath.  

Which Treatments Improve Bad Breath? 

In addition to taking care of your general health and avoiding risky lifestyle behaviors, meeting with your dentist can also help you to quell bad breath. By evaluating your oral health and checking for the signs of bad breath, your dentist can provide treatments that can soothe your symptoms.

For instance, some mouthwashes can resolve bad breath, and dentists can correct cavities and tooth decay that could be contributing to bad breath. Focusing on daily dental hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth can also help, and some studies have tied tongue scraping to improving bad breath.  

 

If you have been struggling with bad breath, and you want to curb the problem, start with a visit to Anchorage Dental Center. With a focus on patient wellness and a commitment to excellence in dentistry, this trusted Alaskan dentist offers service for the entire family. Find out more about the treatments they offer by visiting their website or give their office a call at (907) 278-2521. 

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