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Halitosis and Your Teeth

Have you been experiencing persistent bad breath?

You may have developed halitosis. Halitosis is often linked to poor oral hygiene, but in other cases, halitosis can be an indicator of a more complex dental problem. During a visit to Chester Springs Dentistry, general dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis will perform a comprehensive exam to determine the cause of your halitosis. Depending on the cause, Dr. Petkevis can offer a range of services to help improve your smile.

If you haven’t visited the dentist for a comprehensive exam, visit Chester Springs Dentistry. Dr. Petkevis offers compassionate, patient-focused dental care and will work with you to get you the dental treatment you need. We offer a wider range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments to help restore health and function back to your smile. Contact our Chester Springs, PA dental office and schedule an appointment.


Discovering what is causing your halitosis is the best way to find a dental treatment specific to your needs. In the meantime, patients can improve their oral hygiene routine. Try brushing your teeth for two minutes a day at least twice a day. Also, try incorporating flossing into your routine. Flossing can help remove debris that is hiding between the teeth. Look for products with an ADA approved stamps like certain types of fluoride rinse and toothpaste. Once you visit Dr. Petkevis, he can instruct you on what steps you need to take to maintain a healthy smile.

Possible Causes of Halitosis:

  • Gum Disease: Once gum disease develops, they become sensitive, irritated, and full of bacteria. The bacteria that develops in the pockets of your gums can cause your teeth to shift, tooth sensitivity, toothache, bleeding gums, and halitosis. It is important that patients visit our Chester Springs, PA dental office to receive a thorough examination of their teeth, mouth, and gums. Most patients do not realize they have gum disease until they visit the dentist.
  • Dry Mouth: When the mouth isn’t producing the necessary amount of saliva, it can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth may be caused by dehydration, illness, smoking, and certain kinds of medication. Progressive dry mouth may leave you more susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, and even gum disease. It is important to stay hydrated and visit your dentist or doctor to determine if your dry mouth is caused by a more serious problem.
  • Tooth Decay/ Cavities: If tooth decay is left untreated, it can cause halitosis, tooth loss, and infection. Regular checkups with Dr. Petvekis and practicing an excellent oral hygiene routine can minimize your chance of developing tooth decay and cavities.