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Bad Breath Specialists in Vancouver, WA

Why does my breath smell so bad?

Everybody occasionally experiences bad breath, such as after eating a meal with a particularly strong flavor or in the morning. However, 25% of people experience halitosis, or persistent bad breath. This kind of bad breath cannot be resolved permanently by tooth brushing, tooth flossing, drinking water, or chewing gum.

Chronic bad breath may result from:

Cavities or infection

Dental appliances

Gum disease

Mouth breathing & dry mouth

Cigarettes or tobacco products

Mask mouth? Yes, it really exists!

Have you recently become much more aware of your breath? The common side effects of prolonged mask use include bad breath and dry mouth. Be diligent about getting plenty of water, flossing and brushing your teeth, and changing or cleaning your mask on a regular basis.

Also, remember to maintain your regular dental cleanings!

Bad breath isn't always a dental issue

A medical condition like a sinus infection, acid reflux, liver or kidney disease, or even just bad breath may be a sign of something wrong. Get in touch with your doctor right away if that’s the case.

Do you have bad breath but are uncertain of the cause? We are here to assist you with that. You can reach us by phone at (360) 828-7435.

Steps on how to fix bad breath

Step 1

Request Appointment

Step 2

Get a checkup, a diagnosis, and a personalized treatment plan.

Step 3

Start your treatment and learn how to avoid getting bad breath again.

Your diagnosis will determine your treatment strategy. It’s important to obtain a qualified diagnosis so you can identify the best course of action!

Usual approaches to treat halitosis

Deep cleaning

If gum disease is the root of your bad breath, we might advise deep cleaning or another gum disease treatment.

Filling or root canal

You might have an infection or tooth decay. A filling or root canal may be required in that situation.

Oral appliance

Dry mouth and bad breath can result from mouth breathing at night. You might need a personalized night guard.

Common questions about bad breath

What is the most effective way to stop bad breath?

Establish a daily oral care routine that includes:

  1. Regular brushing and flossing.
  2. Utilizing a tongue scraper after brushing.
  3. Avoiding cigarettes and tobacco products.
  4. Staying well-hydrated to maintain mouth moisture.
  5. Breathing through your nose rather than your mouth.
  6. Scheduling checkup appointments every six months.

If you’re dealing with chronic bad breath, a mouthwash may not provide a long-term solution. In fact, mouthwash can sometimes exacerbate the issue by drying out your mouth. Consult with Dr. Brinton and your hygienist to determine whether mouthwash is a suitable option for you, and if so, which one is best.

I have bad breath; will gum help?

Although a stick of gum can offer a momentary burst of freshness, it’s not a sustainable solution. In fact, gum and mints frequently contain sugar, which can be detrimental to your teeth.

To determine if you have bad breath, consider the following methods:

  1. Consult your dentist if you suspect your breath is unpleasant.
  2. Seek the input of a trustworthy friend or family member.
  3. Explore a halimeter test, which measures volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) – a level above 100 often indicates bad breath.
  4. Surprisingly, you can lick the inside of your wrist and then smell it for an indication.

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Schedule your cleaning & exam

We would love to see you, even if it has been years since your last cleaning. There is no judgment here, only a team that is committed to your oral health. Call (360) 828-7435 to schedule a visit today.