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Are you self-conscious about your breath because it isn’t what it should be? If so, you are not alone. Less than stellar breath is not that uncommon, but during the social holiday season it can be unnerving and affect your confidence. The good news is, bad breath, or halitosis, can be relatively easily remedied depending on the cause. Fortunately, at Oradent Associates in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Hoffman, Flicker, and Sher, are skilled at helping our patients who have issues with bad breath.

To find out the cause of your bad breath, 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, 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.

This holiday season, we invite you to invest in your oral health to restore your smile confidence. Oradent Associates in Chicago, Illinois, is happy to help with the right treatment options for your needs. Please call 773-478-5520 today and let Dr. Hoffman, Flicker, and Sher, refresh your healthy smile!