The difference between bad breath and halitosis is that halitosis persists even after the use of mouthwash and brushing. If you are experiencing halitosis, it is easily treatable with proper care under an experienced dentist.  Family dentist Dr. Albert Caves is a trusted dentist in Columbus, GA, dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive dental care. Our Columbus dental office offers a range of general, restorative and cosmetic dental service to patients in need of dental care. If you are experiencing signs of halitosis, visit our Columbus dental office.


Halitosis can be caused by a variety of different factors If you are noticing persistent bad breath, it is important you get your mouth checked by a trusted professional. Halitosis can be caused by:

  • Infection: If you are sick, postnasal drip can affect the way your breath smells. The bacteria from the postnatal drip can produce a foul odor to develop. With proper medication, your nose and sinuses can return to normal and restore your fresh breath.
  • Gum Disease: Gum disease occurs when plaque turns into bacteria that infect the gums. Gum disease can cause loose teeth, tooth loss, bad breath, and other complex dental issues. Some patients may not notice any signs of gum disease, so it is important to visit Dr. Caves at least twice a year for preventive care exams.
  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that eat away at your teeth, leaving them susceptible to tooth sensitivity, toothache, infection, and foul odor. Dr. Caves offers a range of treatment for patients with tooth decay.
  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps keep the mouth moisturized and helps keeps out harmful bacteria. Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, medication, and even tobacco use. It’s important to inform Dr. Caves of any medication you may use so that he can determine if it plays a role in your halitosis.

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If you are experiencing halitosis, Dr. Caves can help you find a solution. Dr. Caves is an experienced dentist, dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 706.407.4851