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Top Five Reasons for Bad Breath Marietta, GA
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Bad breath is not only embarrassing, but it can be a significant source of disruption to your relationships and even your career if it persists. Chronic bad breath, also called halitosis, is more than just having garlic breath or onion breath after your meal. Your halitosis could be an indication of another health problem, either in your mouth or your body. Treating your bad breath begins with determining the root cause. Here are five top causes of halitosis:

Poor Dental Hygiene
This is the leading cause for halitosis. Slacking on your brushing and flossing efforts can allow bacteria from food to grow in your mouth. Eventually, this bacteria release sulfur compounds, which gives your breath that very foul odor.

Dry Mouth
We need adequate saliva to moisten and clean our mouths. Without saliva, bacteria can buildup and cause bad breath. This is the reason that most of us experience bad breath in the morning, as saliva production decreases while we sleep.

Other Health Conditions
There are a number of medical conditions outside of the mouth that can cause halitosis, including diabetes, kidney disease, acid reflux, sinus problems and lung disease.

Cavities & Gum Disease
The two most common dental health threats, tooth decay and periodontal disease, can also lead to bad breath when not treated. Both of these mouth conditions develop from bacteria accumulating on the teeth or below the gums.

It is no surprise that those who smoke or chew tobacco suffer from unpleasant breath. In fact, the chemicals that tobacco leaves behind in the mouth can lead to problems far beyond bad breath.

What Can You Do?

Stepping up your game when it comes to dental hygiene should be your first line of defense against bad breath. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily, and don’t forget to brush all surfaces of your tongue while you’re at it. In addition, keep your mouth moist. Chewing Xylitol gum throughout the day can help freshen breath and stimulate proper saliva flow. Lastly, try not to rely on mints, as these are only masking your bad breath and adding extra sugars into your mouth.

If you continue to suffer from halitosis after making some improvements in your oral hygiene or lifestyle habits, please contact our experienced dental professionals at Pure Smiles Dentistry. We offer a full range of halitosis treatment options to help patients regain a more confident mouth. In many cases, a professional cleaning is all that is needed to restore your breath to its freshest scent!

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
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Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month