Halitosis Treatment in Fort Smith, AR!

Bad breath is a source of embarrassment for many patients, so much so that they put off seeking treatment for fear of judgment. At River City Dental, we always want to help our patients improve and maintain optimal oral health to help them live happier, healthier lives. If you or a loved one have been struggling with halitosis and are searching for an empathetic dental team in Fort Smith, please contact us! We’d love to get an appointment scheduled for you.

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What is the difference between bad breath and halitosis?

Bad breath and halitosis essentially refer to the same condition, but there is a slight distinction in terminology. Bad breath is a common term used to describe unpleasant odors emanating from the mouth. On the other hand, halitosis specifically refers to chronic or persistent bad breath that is not easily eliminated by routine oral hygiene practices. Halitosis suggests a more severe and persistent condition that may require further investigation and targeted treatment to address the underlying causes.

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What are the causes of halitosis?

  • Poor oral hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing allow bacteria to accumulate in the mouth, leading to unpleasant odors.
  • Gum disease: Infections in the gums can produce foul-smelling breath due to the release of volatile sulfur compounds.
  • Dry mouth: Insufficient saliva production allows bacteria to thrive, resulting in bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by factors like medication, mouth breathing, or certain medical conditions.
  • Tobacco use: Smoking or using other tobacco products can lead to chronic bad breath and increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Medical conditions: Halitosis can be a symptom of underlying health issues such as respiratory infections, sinusitis, acid reflux, or liver or kidney problems.
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How is halitosis treated?

Treating halitosis involves a multi-faceted approach. First, a comprehensive oral examination is conducted to identify the underlying cause of bad breath. This may include assessing oral hygiene habits, checking for gum disease, and evaluating any other oral health issues. Treatment may involve professional dental cleanings, periodontal therapy, addressing dry mouth, providing oral hygiene instructions, recommending mouth rinses, and offering guidance on dietary modifications. Our team can collaborate with you to tailor a treatment plan that addresses the specific causes of your halitosis and improve your overall oral health.