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As the holidays steadily approach, is your breath preventing you from enjoying social activities and interacting with the people you love? If so, you are not alone. Issues with the breath are actually not uncommon, but they can make social interactions unnerving. The good news is, bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be readily remedied depending on the cause. Fortunately, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway in Shelby Township, Michigan are skilled at helping our patients resolve chronic bad breath.

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.

If you need help with your breath, we hope you will reach out to us. Our team in Shelby Township, Michigan, is happy to provide you with just the right treatment options for you. Please call 586-685-0880 today and let Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway restore your confident smile, just in time for the holiday season!