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Bad breath can be embarrassing. If it is persistent, however, it may also be an indication of more serious oral health problems. Fortunately, chronic bad breath or halitosis can often be eliminated by improving oral hygiene and diet or undergoing simple treatments. Dr. Ron Shiver offers diagnosis and treatment for bad breath at his Valdosta, GA, clinic, where he has been in practice for over 35 years.
Everyone deals with bad breath once in a while. However, it usually fades after brushing or flossing. In contrast, chronic bad breath will linger despite regular oral hygiene. Other symptoms of halitosis include:
In most cases, there is not a single cause but a combination of several factors. Some of these include:
The cause of your bad breath will usually determine the treatment. Common options include improved oral hygiene practices and regular dental cleanings. Effectively treating halitosis may require changes in certain habits, such as cessation of tobacco use and dietary modifications. In many cases, Dr. Shiver can treat halitosis with oral medications and rinses that eliminate bacteria and freshen breath. If a post-nasal drip is contributing to your halitosis, Dr. Shiver can prescribe steroids.
Fresh breath can lead to an improvement in your quality of life, both in the professional and private spheres.
Fortunately, many of these simple treatments can be performed at home. Most patients find lasting relief from halitosis by combining multiple treatments and behavioral changes.
Patients should understand that mints and chewing gum only mask the symptoms of halitosis without treating the underlying causes of it.
Fresh breath can lead to an improvement in your quality of life, both in the professional and private spheres. If you are concerned about cost, we accept CareCredit® to make treatment more affordable. If you are ready to live free of the embarrassing effects of halitosis, contact our office online or call (229) 247-0923.