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Is your breath keeping you from enjoying social activities or being with people? If you are self-conscious about your breath because it isn’t good, you really aren’t alone. While breath issues are not uncommon, it can definitely be unnerving during social interactions, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

The good news is, bad breath, or halitosis, can be easily remedied depending on the cause of your condition. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Spencer and our team in Jacksonville, Florida are skilled at helping our patients resolve oral issues.

To find out the cause of your bad breath, our dentist will begin by thoroughly examining 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, 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.

During the upcoming holiday season, take some time to refresh your breath by getting the help you need. Our dedicated team in Jacksonville, Florida, is happy to help with the right treatment options for your needs. Please call 904.355.5531 today and let Dr. Michael Spencer restore your smile health!