How To Eliminate Halitosis, or "Bad Breath"

General & Cosmetic Dentists Serving Omaha, Bellevue, Lincoln and Nearby Nebraska

Posted: April 30, 2023
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A woman covers her mouth with her hand.At Hillsborough Family Dentistry, we see patients who have common dental concerns they would like to address. Anyone who has been diagnosed with halitosis knows how it can become problematic in both business and personal relationships. Also known as bad breath, this condition can be temporary or chronic. With a proper evaluation and diagnosis, our team can help you in combating bad breath for good!

What Is Halitosis and How Can a Dentist Help?

Halitosis, also known in general as "bad breath," is an unpleasant odor that can come from the mouth. It can cause patients to feel self-conscious when talking with others and can be challenging to control for some. This is when our team at Hillsborough Family Dentistry may recommend talking about your concerns to determine the cause of the condition and how to treat it effectively.

What Causes Halitosis?

Halitosis can be caused by a combination of factors, such as:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Specific foods and beverages
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • A side effect of certain medications

How Can Bad Breath Be Treated?

Our dentists at Hillsborough Family Dentistry in Omaha, NE, can help treat halitosis by performing a thorough examination to identify any underlying causes contributing to it. Depending on what exactly is causing your halitosis, treatment options may include:

  • Professional cleaning or scaling to remove buildup from the teeth and gums
  • Filling of cavities
  • Treatment of periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Regular brushing and flossing at home
  • Use of a tongue scraper
  • Special mouthwashes to reduce bacteria in the mouth
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding foods and beverages known for causing bad breath
  • Changes in diet or medication to reduce bad breath occurrence

Schedule an Appointment at Hillsborough Family Dentistry Today!

If you live in the Omaha, NE, area and want to work with our professional dental staff to diagnose and treat bad breath, contact one of our four office locations to request an appointment with our team. We are dedicated to helping patients in the communities of Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and the Dundee area with their oral health needs. We have been voted Best of Omaha several years in a row, providing the best possible care for new and returning patients and families in our communities.