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October is in full swing as the holidays unfold around us. With all of the increased social interactions, is bad breath dampening your smile enthusiasm? If your breath is making you feel self-conscious and less confident, take heart. Bad breath is fairly common and can be easily treated depending on the cause and severity. Dr. Kyle M. Triggs and our team at Alaska Dental Associates in Anchorage, Alaska, are here to help you resolve your oral health issues and help you regain your confidence.

To determine what is causing your bad breath (or halitosis), our dentist will thoroughly examine 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, 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.

With proper treatment, you can overcome bad breath and celebrate the holiday season with confidence. At Alaska Dental Associates in Anchorage, Alaska, we are always ready to help you achieve a healthy smile. If you are seeking relief from bad breath, please give us a call at 907-562-2284 today. Dr. Kyle M. Triggs and our team are here for you!