Everyone has bad breath on occasion, and it is often a temporary condition related to food you ate or the time between brushing your teeth. However, chronic bad breath can be a symptom of health problems.


If you experience regular bad breath, it’s advisable to schedule a checkup with your dentist. Glendale, Arizona, dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox can determine the source of your halitosis—or bad breath—and recommend a treatment suited to your unique needs.


Many people experience bad breath in the morning, and this is often caused in part by the fact that saliva production decreases during sleep and often leads to dry mouth. Your diet, lifestyle choices such as smoking, and poor dental hygiene can also contribute to bad breath.


Halitosis may also be an indicator of a more serious problem. Bad breath is often a symptom of tooth decay, periodontal disease and metabolic conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease.


The best way to prevent bad breath is to maintain a good preventive dentistry routine. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush followed by flossing between your teeth at least once a day; after brushing and flossing you may wish to rinse with an antibacterial, anticavity mouthwash to help flush lingering food particles and freshen your breath.


It is also important to visit your dentist once every six months for a thorough exam and teeth cleaning in order to diagnose potential problems early.


If you suffer from chronic halitosis or would like to schedule your regular dental checkup, please contact Desert Smiles to arrange your appointment with Dr. Donald Wilcox. We welcome patients from the Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Peoria, Arizona, areas.

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