Family dentist Dr. James Lassiter is committed to helping patients achieve a healthier smile through patient-focused, advanced dental care. One of the most common dental concerns is halitosis. Halitosis is bad breath that isn’t solved by regular oral hygiene practices. Although halitosis can be embarrassing, it is an easily treatable condition. Dr. Lassiter will examine your teeth, review your medical history, and address any dental concerns you may have before providing a comprehensive treatment plan specifically for your smile.
Halitosis and Oral Hygiene
The most common reason for halitosis is poor oral hygiene. Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine can help keep your smile healthy and minimize the chance of developing complex dental problems in the future. Part of maintaining a healthy smile is visiting Lassiter Family Dentistry twice a year for a routine comprehensive exam. During your comprehensive exam, Dr. Lassiter examines your mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of dysfunction. We do understand that complex dental problems do arise; however, we are well equipped to handle a range of dental problems in our Kingsland dental office.
Causes of Halitosis
- Tooth Decay: When bacteria and food debris accumulate in the mouth, it can cause plaque to form. Over time, plaque attacks the tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. Tooth decay can cause halitosis, tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, and infection. Tooth decay can occur due to poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, smoking, and certain medical conditions.
- Gum Disease: Gum disease is the inflammation of the gum tissue that surrounds your teeth. Gum disease can be caused by poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, smoking, certain medications, and reduced saliva productivity. At times, gum disease prevents no symptoms, so patients are unaware that they have developed gum disease. Visiting Lassiter Family Dentistry for a routine dental examination is important. During your comprehensive exam, Dr. Lassiter exams your gums to check for any signs of gum disease and offers a full range of periodontal therapy services to help restore the health of your smile.
- Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when your mouth isn’t producing the appropriate amount of saliva needed. Dry mouth can be caused by smoking, stress, certain medications, low saliva productivity and aging. Dry mouth can result in halitosis, sore throat, increased the chance of developing tooth decay, and gum disease. Dr. Lassiter may review your medical history to determine if your dry mouth is a side effect of any medication you may be taking. No matter the cause, Dr. Lassiter can offer a personalized treatment plan to solve your dental issues.
- Smoking: Smoking can increase your chance of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Smoking can also cause halitosis if your teeth are not adequately cared for. Quitting smoking can offer a range of oral health benefits.
Schedule an Appointment
Kingsland, GA dentist Dr. James Lassiter is committed to helping you achieve a functional, healthy smile. If you are experiencing halitosis, Dr. Lassiter can provide solutions to help restore your smile. You can schedule an appointment online or call (912) 576-4011