Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Seven Reasons You Have Halitosis

When dentists talk about halitosis, they’re referring to bad breath. If this problem is plaguing you, learn the most frequent causes and how to make your breath much better.

  1. Bad Oral Hygiene Habits – If you don’t brush and floss every day, bacteria collects on your teeth and develops into plaque. This can cause deep pockets in your gums where bacteria can hide and produce bad breath. Yet good oral hygiene can help you avoid the issue.
  2. Lingering Food Particles – When food particles remain in your mouth, they breed bacteria, which causes a very bad odor. Also, certain pungent foods such as garlic and onions leave a lasting mark on your breath. But good oral hygiene allows you to remove those bits of food and avoid the bad breath they cause.
  3. Post-Op Oral Infections – Surgical wounds after dental procedures can also cause bad breath. That’s because these wounds can draw odorous bacteria. If you have any wounds following a dental procedure, see an affordable dentist right away to help you heal the injuries.
  4. Dry Mouth – Saliva rinses away the bacteria and food in your mouth. If you don’t produce enough saliva, these particles remain and lead to halitosis. This is a common condition known as dry mouth.
  5. Medications – Some medications can result in bad breath by contributing to dry mouth. Be sure to discuss your medications with an affordable dentist to see if they’re affecting your breath.
  6. Medical Problems – Did you know some diseases cause odorous chemicals that leave a bad taste in your mouth and bad mark on your breath? These include certain cancers, some metabolic disorders, and acid reflux disease. And severe nasal and throat infections can also lead to halitosis. Ask a family dentistry expert if your medial situation may be harming your breath.
  7. Smoking and Tobacco Use – Tobacco produces a very strong odor, as well as increases your risk of gum disease and other medical conditions that can leave your breath very bad. If you smoke, you need to stop to save both your breath and your health.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Debbie was amazing. She is nice and made my day. It was my first cleaning in this office and she did a great job. I look forward to seeing her again in the future. Thanks Debbie.
Ionut P.
Made sure of my insurance benefits before I got there. Took the exrays did the exam and I knew exactly how much I was going to have to pay up front. Everyone was really nice. They did their best to […]
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The staff at Gentle Dental in Shelby Twp have been my dental professionals for over 20 years. The facility is extremely clean, the dentists are knowledgeable and friendly, Debi the dental hygienist […]
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Everybody’s polite and it sound like nobody’s out there to get your money Plus it’s close to my house and I will recommend this place
Zef L.
Great care and advice from my hygienist, Debi Winkler. She is such an inspiration.
Victoria G.
Debbie is an awesome hygienist. She is a passionate about her job and it shows in the results. Kate and Joslyn are awesome too. Keep up the good work GD Shelby.
Mark M.
Dr. STEFFENS is great ! She took her time in explaining the procedure that she was performing and did a excellent job. Deborah, the Hygienist is fantastic ! as well . The entire staff at the office […]
Michael S.
Friendly, knowledgeable.
Deborah W.
Excellent care and treatment! Staff is amazing and always so friendly. My family has been coming here for years!
Joshua B.
hygentist & dentist both were concered for the best p ossible outcomes for me
Harold P.
Great dentist! First time there and I didn’t feel any pressured into anything. Great experience.
Katelyn M.
Nice people , friendly and helpful.
Bill B.
Everyone is friendly and the service is superb.
Diane W.
I’ve been coming here for quite a few years and feel like they really care about my health and understand my fears about any pain I might be feeling.
Cynthia M.
Because the dentist and staff is phenomenal!
Shelley A.
They are super nice and very gentel I hate going to the dentist but felt secure here. It’s great they are open late a couple nights a week so my husband can go and doesn’t have to take off of […]
Ladeana S.
Phenomenal staff and service! Very happy with my experience!
Paige L.
I had not been to dentist in eight years because of bad experience somewhere else. I finally bit the bullet and made an appointment at gentle dental in Shelby. I feared that it had been so long I […]
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Office Hours
  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (248) 721-4086
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