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Bad breath can cause anyone to stop in their tracks during the day. Bad breath is embarrassing and is also a warning sign something is wrong with your oral health. It is known that some foods can cause persistent bad breath, but if your bad breath lingers and is difficult to get rid of, come in to visit your dentist right away.

Your dentist, Dr. Gordon with Gordon Dental of Leawood in Leawood, Kansas, cares about your smile and is happy to help you understand more about halitosis.

Basically, halitosis, also known as persistent bad breath, is a medical condition that usually results from neglecting oral hygiene habits and is a warning sign of other oral health problems lurking in your smile like gum disease. However, the good news is there are actions you can do to help yourself overcome this smelly condition.

Here is a list of treatment options for halitosis:

-Brushing and flossing your teeth are the essentials in preventing bad breath and keeping your smile healthy. Bad breath can also be caused by cavities and negligence of these two simple, daily habits.

-Visit your dentist often for dental exams every six months for a comprehensive cleaning of your teeth and gums. Your dentist will also be able to spot gum disease or any conditions threatening the health of your smile that could be causing the halitosis.

-Most bacteria caused by bad breath are found in the gums or on your tongue. If you try brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper to clear bacteria, you could help remove the bacteria out of your mouth.

-Mouthwashes can kill bacteria and neutralize acids that are remaining on your teeth and gums causing the halitosis.

-If you wear dentures, always remove them at night and clean them thoroughly. If you neglect your dentures, then you are alluring bacteria into your mouth causing your bad breath.

-Stop smoking. Tobacco use of any kind is frequently known for producing bad breath. This habit can extinguish your oral health and threaten your life in the form of cancer.

The best thing to do when it comes to your oral health care is to visit your dentist often. By visiting your dentist regularly, you are keeping your mouth in check and giving yourself proper oral health examinations to avoid any severe or damaging conditions from taking hold.

As you can see, there are many ways to improve this embarrassing condition. If you would like more information on your oral health, or if you have questions about your smile, please call us today at (913) 649-5017 to make an appointment. Our dental team is happy to share information with you regarding your oral health.