Treatments For Bad Breath In Sun Prairie, WI

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Treating Halitosis in Madison, WI

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What Causes Bad Breath?

When bad breath becomes chronic, it is time to find out what is going on. Dr. Chris Stevens or Dr. Dan Stevens diagnoses and offers halitosis treatment in the Madison, WI region every day. Sometimes bad breath can be corrected by making lifestyle changes and other times it requires treatment.

  • Periodontal disease
  • Pungent food and beverages
  • Medical problems
  • Tobacco

Controlling Halitosis

  • Brush and floss your teeth after meals when possible or at least twice a day to prevent gum disease. Cleaning the tongue with a tongue scraper will also remove odor causing bacteria, and be sure to schedule biannual dental cleanings and exams. If gum disease is present, Dr. Stevens can treat it.
  • Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Keep track of what you are eating with a food diary and make some modifications if food is the cause.
  • Speak to your medical doctor about any health conditions that might be causing the breath to smell.
  • Drink water and other natural fluids to keep the oral tissues hydrated.

Common Culprits of Bad Breath

  • Gum disease
    Everyone has bacteria in their mouth but regular brushing and flossing can help to prevent it from developing into gum disease, a condition in which bacteria destroy gum tissue, teeth, and bone.
  • Medical conditions
    Patients with bad breath may be experiencing the symptoms of health problems elsewhere in the body, including the organs, lungs, digestive tract, and sinuses. Oral yeast infections and dry mouth can also make the breath smell badly.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
    Tobacco products are not healthy and will cause bad breath. Tobacco also makes it harder for people to keep their teeth and gums clean, which increases their risk of developing gum disease.
  • Diet
    A diet that includes regular servings of strong smelling foods, such as onions, garlic, fish, cheese, alcohol, spices, and such is likely to cause chronic bad breath. Until the body processes the food completely, using mints, mouthwashes, and toothpaste may only provide a temporary fix.

How To Prevent Bad Breath

  • Practice good oral hygiene by brushing teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly
  • Have teeth professionally cleaned according to your treatment plan
  • Stop smoking or chewing tobacco-based products
  • Stimulate saliva flow in the mouth by drinking lots of water, chewing gum, or sucking on sugar-free candy