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If you are self-conscious about your breath, you are not alone. Less than stellar breath is actually common but can be unnerving during the very social holiday season. The good news is, bad breath can be easily remedied depending on the cause and severity of the condition. Fortunately, Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Dr. Bruce Purmell at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake are skilled at helping our patients resolve oral issues.

To find out the cause of your bad breath–also known as halitosis–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, 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, freshen your breath by getting the help you need to have a healthy smile. With the right treatment options, your smile confidence can be restored. Our Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake team in Barton City, Michigan, is happy to help. Just call 989-736-7000 today. Dr. Steven Rodriguez and Dr. Bruce Purmell are ready to get your oral health on track in time for the social holiday celebrations!