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Halitosis: Causes and Treatment- Chesterfield, MO

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BY Hilltown Dental

There are 35 to 45 percent people around the world who suffer from halitosis at some point of the day, according to the recent study of Bad Breath Institute. Halitosis is a common oral problem and an embarrassing one. People who suffer from halitosis may be self-conscious which reduces their self-confidence.

Using over the counter remedy like mouthwash, it can help alleviate the problem but not to cure the cause from its roots. Halitosis can also be an indication of severe health problems. Here at Chesterfield Hilltown Dental, we offer varieties of dental treatments that will help you get rid of halitosis.

Most Common Culprits of Halitosis:

  • Gum Disease. Without proper oral hygiene, bacterias and plaques can build up which can cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can be a cause of halitosis.
  • Certain medications. Some medications can cause dry mouth which can cause halitosis.  Lorazepam (Ativan) is a specific medicine taken to treat anxiety disorders; it is known to have an unpleasant odor which affects one’s breath, thus contribute to halitosis.
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia). Reduced or lack of saliva flow caused by the alteration in the salivary gland results to Xerostomia. Saliva is the natural mouth cleanser which washes away bacteria. If there is a lack of saliva flow, bacteria and plaques can build up, and dead cells in your cheeks, gums, and tongue decompose which contributes to halitosis.
  • Tobacco products. It is not shocking to know that tobacco products can cause bad breath. Smoking or chewing tobacco products can lead to dry mouth which can irritate the gums. Tobacco products also increase the risk of the person to develop gum disease and oral cancer.

Getting rid of halitosis is easy when you know what the primary cause is. Though halitosis is curable, it is still essential to have excellent oral hygiene to prevent halitosis.

If you want to own a fresh, youthful, healthy smile, then Chesterfield Hilltown Dental is here for you.

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