Halitosis Treatment for Bad Breath Begins with Good Oral Hygiene

Dr. David Sutton offers professional cleanings and helps guide patients through practices and techniques that can be used to prevent bad breath, providing halitosis treatment at his Newport, TN, dental practice. 

Factors That Cause Bad Breath

Bad breath may be a side effect of poor dental hygiene practices but is also a sign of other underlying oral health issues. Factors that may cause bad breath include:

  • Food Choices and Eating Habits
  • Oral Hygiene Practices
  • Lifestyle Habits
  • Gum Disease
  • Dry Mouth
  • Chronic Illness

Preventing Bad Breath

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Some tips to help prevent bad breath include:

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Brush with fluoridated toothpaste and floss regularly
  • Have teeth professionally cleaned on schedule
  • Refrain from using tobacco products
  • Stimulate saliva flow in the mouth
  • Maintain a food log to identify foods that may cause bad breath

Halitosis in Sevierville and East Tennessee

If you fail to keep up with your daily brushing and flossing routine, you are at a higher risk of developing bad breath and oral health issues such as gum disease. Bad breath may be a side effect of gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other health problems. The medical name for bad breath is halitosis and you may need professional treatment or therapies with Dr. David Sutton to resolve the issue. Causes of bad breath include:

Food Choices and Eating Habits

Eating foods with strong odors on a regular basis can cause bad breath. Brushing the teeth and using a mouthwash after eating can mask the odor but the problem will not be resolved until the food passes through your body.

Oral Hygiene Habits

If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, you may have bacteria in the mouth that is causing bad breath. Keep up with a diligent brushing and flossing routine, and get in the habit of using an antibacterial mouthwash on a regular basis.

Lifestyle Habits

If you use tobacco products regularly, you are at a higher risk of developing bad breath and oral health issues, such as oral cancer.

Gum Disease

Plaque buildup and an active infection of the mouth can irritate the gums and cause bad breath. You may have very noticeable bad breath if an infection is spreading and is left untreated.

Other Causes

Other causes of halitosis include:

  • Yeast infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Poorly fitting dental appliances
  • Certain types of illnesses and diseases

The best thing you can do to prevent bad breath is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, see Dr. Sutton for professional cleanings, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you need treatment for halitosis in Sevierville and East Tennessee, set up your consultation with Dr. Sutton today!