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Bad breath, while fairly common is not particularly fun to have, especially during the busy holiday season when we are surrounded by social events. Fortunately, it is easily treated depending on the cause and the severity of the condition, and Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Dr. Brian Wisniewski at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Flint in Flint, Michigan, are skilled at helping our patients resolve oral health issues.

To find out the cause of your bad breath–also known as halitosis–our dentist will begin by thoroughly examining your mouth. The first line of defense is reducing the bacteria in your mouth. Some factors we will look for include plaque and tartar (which is hardened plaque), any fillings in your mouth that may be leaking, whether or not you have dry mouth, or an infection, abscess, or gum disease.

Depending on the cause of your bad breath, we may recommend deep cleanings, a root canal or artificial saliva (in the case of dry mouth). In addition to your vigilant brushing and flossing, you may be prescribed an antimicrobial mouthwash. You can also boost healthy saliva production by increasing your water intake and chewing sugar-free gum.

This holiday season, give bad breath the boot by getting the help you need to have a healthy smile. Your smile confidence can easily be restored with the right treatment, and our Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Flint team in Flint, Michigan, can help, just call 810-720-6433 today. Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Dr. Brian Wisniewski are excited to get your smile ready for the busy holiday season!