Bad Breath / Halitosis Treatment in Omaha

Bad breath is embarrassing and could be an underlying symptom of something more serious. Get examined at Today’s Dental for the proper treatment to get rid of your bad breath.

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What Causes Bad Breath?

If bad breath is causing you to keep your mouth shut and avoid close encounters with people, you might need more than a mint. Persistent bad breath, also called halitosis, is a condition that can be caused by different things, some more serious than others. To learn more about bad breath prevention and treatment, you first need a better understanding of the causes.

  • Food: Some food, like onions and garlic, can leave a lingering smell in your mouth. Not only do they smell as you eat them, but these foods also enter your bloodstream as they are digested.
  • Inconsistent brushing and flossing: If you aren’t brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, the food particles in and around your teeth break down and cause smelly bacteria to grow in your mouth.
  • Medications: Some medications have a side effect of dry mouth, which means your mouth stops producing its usual amount of saliva. Less saliva means more bacteria and a higher risk of halitosis.
  • Gum disease: One of the symptoms of gum disease is bad breath. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that destroy the tissues around your teeth, producing a terrible odor and taste that doesn’t go away if left untreated..
  • Other infections in your mouth: Infections in your mouth or a cavity in your teeth can harbor bacteria that give off bad smells, all of which can cause halitosis.
  • Tobacco products: Smoking and chewing tobacco products cause bad breath. They also cause gum disease, which can cause a different type of bad breath.
  • Other chronic conditions.Some conditions, including certain cancers and acid reflux, produce chemicals in your body that create bad breath. Infections or inflammation in your nose, throat, or sinuses can also cause postnasal drip, creating a bad smell in your mouth.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath prevention begins with you. The following at-home tips may help reduce or even eliminate your bad breath:

  • Brush your teeth after you eat.
  • Floss every day.
  • Brush your tongue. It may be coated with odor-causing bacteria.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months for more effective brushing.
  • Clean dentures, retainers, aligner trays, or other dental appliances daily.
  • Stimulate saliva production by chewing sugarless chewing gum.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Limit coffee, sugary drinks, and alcohol, which all make your mouth drier.
  • Avoid eating a lot of onions, garlic, and other foods that cause your breath to smell.
  • Schedule a dental cleaning twice a year for fresher, cleaner teeth.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Your dentist in Omaha is essential for bad breath prevention and treatment. When you come in for your bi-yearly dental checkup, we will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing the plaque and tartar that may be contributing to your halitosis. You will love your mouth’s fresh, clean feeling after a professional cleaning at Today’s Dental!

The dentist also examines your teeth, gum, and mouth during the dental checkup. This examination helps rule out any oral health conditions contributing to bad breath, such as gum disease. If there are any oral health problems, we will provide you with a customized treatment plan. The plan will explain everything the dentist recommends, costs, and the expected timeline. Your halitosis treatment may be as simple as using a special toothpaste or mouthwash to eliminate more bacteria causing bad breath.

Bad breath treatment could also be part of a larger treatment. For example, if we determine that you have gum disease, our gum disease treatment plan will treat the larger issue and hopefully solve the side effect of bad breath simultaneously.

Why Today’s Dental is Your Top Choice for Bad Breath Treatment

Our professional dental staff is sensitive to what you may be feeling if you have chronic bad breath. We are committed to being caring and compassionate. It’s our job to help you in all matters of oral health, including halitosis. You don’t need to feel anxious or embarrassed to discuss your bad breath condition with us. We are here to listen carefully to you and then closely examine your teeth, gums, and mouth so we can diagnose your condition correctly. A good diagnosis is the first step toward a successful treatment. Your dentist in Omaha has the qualifications to treat halitosis and prevent it from returning.

“Such friendly, thorough and efficient service. Just had my first routine cleaning at Today’s Dental in Elkhorn. Can I just say Jess, one of the dental hygienists is so friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She truly cares about giving you the best care while making sure you are comfortable.

I’m glad I found my dentist.”

Vanessa V.

“The entire dental staff were very friendly and efficient. Dr. Whitman is an excellent Dentist. I had extensive dental work over the years by several dentists. Dr. Whitman and his team have always been very professional and I have experienced no problems with any dental work he has completed, from root canals and crowns to simple fillings or cleaning and x-rays. Very cordial and professional.”

Joan L.

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