If your breath is preventing you from enjoying social activities and interacting with people, you are not alone. While breath issues are not uncommon, it can definitely be unnerving during social interactions, especially with the holidays coming up. The good news is, bad breath, or halitosis, can be remedied depending on the cause. Fortunately, Dr. Lupy D. Gonzalez and our team in Houston, Texas are skilled at helping our patients resolve oral issues.
The first line of defense is reducing the bacteria in your mouth. To find out the cause of your bad breath, our dentist will begin by thoroughly examining 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, an 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.
We hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays, and encourage you to refresh your breath by getting the help you need. Our dedicated team in Houston, Texas, is happy to help with the right treatment options for you. Please call 281-487-2400 today and let Dr. Lupy D. Gonzalez restore your confident smile!