The Trouble with Halitosis

Halitosis, or bad breath can occur after eating odorous foods, or because of poor oral hygiene, taking certain medicines, or using tobacco products. However, halitosis also can be a symptom of an underlying health issue, such as periodontal disease, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease, liver or kidney disease, chronic sinusitis, or chronic bronchitis.

Through proper oral healthcare — brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing after meals, and visiting the dentist every six-months for a thorough cleaning and checkup — you will decrease your risk for halitosis and periodontal disease. If your bad breath continues, consult Dr. James Stewart first to determine if the halitosis is related to your mouth.

Dr. Stewart will conduct a complete medical and dental history. First, your diet, tobacco use, medications, medical conditions, and family history will be reviewed. He will then examine your mouth, take x-rays, and measure your gums for indications of periodontal disease. If Dr. Stewart determines the halitosis is not of oral origin, you should contact your physician.

When bad breath results from diet, medication, or gum disease, Dr. Stewart may recommend BreathRX®, which contains ZYTEX to neutralize volatile sulfur compounds causing the oral malodor. The take-home products include: toothpaste, floss, mouth rinse, breath spray, and more. BreathRX® products not only neutralize odor, but also kill the odor-causing bacteria.

If you suffer from chronic halitosis or need a thorough dental cleaning and check-up, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart by calling (734)425-4400. James Stewart, DDS serves patients from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Farmington, and surrounding areas.