bad breath specialists 
in Liberty, MO

why does my breath
smell so bad?

Everyone gets bad breath once in a while — for example, after eating an especially strong-tasting food or when waking up in the morning. But 25% of people suffer from chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis. Brushing and flossing your teeth, drinking water, or chewing gum cannot permanently solve this type of bad breath.

Chronic bad breath can be caused by:

Gum disease

Cavities or infection

Cigarettes or tobacco products

Mouth breathing & dry mouth

Dental appliances

mask mouth?
yes, it’s real!

Have you been noticing your breath a lot more lately? Dry mouth and bad breath is a common side effect of wearing a mask for an extended period of time. Be diligent about drinking lots of water, brushing and flossing your teeth, and regularly replacing or cleaning your mask.

And be sure to keep up on your routine dental cleanings!

bad breath isn’t always a dental concern

Bad breath may be indicative of a medical issue, such as a sinus infection, acid reflux, or a liver or kidney disorder. If that’s the case, it’s important to get in touch with your physician.

Not sure what’s causing your bad breath? That’s what we’re here for. Give us a call at (816) 429-5799.

how to fix
bad breath

Step 2

Get an exam, diagnosis, and custom treatment plan

Step 3

Begin treatment and learn how to prevent bad breath from returning

Your treatment plan will depend on your diagnosis. It’s important to get a professional diagnosis so you can find the right solution!

common treatments
for halitosis

deep cleaning

If gum disease is the cause of your bad breath, we may recommend a deep cleaning treatment or other gum disease therapy.

filling or root canal

You may be suffering from tooth decay or infection. In that case, a filling or root canal may be necessary

oral appliance

Nighttime mouth breathing can cause dry mouth and bad breath. A custom night guard may be just what you need.

common questions
about bad breath


What’s the best way to prevent bad breath?

  • Brush and floss every day
  • Use a tongue scraper after you brush
  • Avoid cigarettes and tobacco products
  • Drink lots of water and keep your mouth moist
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth
  • Visit us every 6 months for a checkup!

What’s the best mouthwash for bad breath?

If you suffer from chronic bad breath, a mouthwash won’t solve the problem. In fact, mouthwash often dries out your mouth and makes your breath worse! Talk to Dr. Jackson and your hygienist about whether or not mouthwash is the best choice for you — and if so, which one.


Will gum help my bad breath?

While a stick of gum will provide a burst of freshness, it’s not a lasting solution. In fact, gum and mints are often filled with sugar, which is bad for your teeth!

How do you know if your breath smells bad?

If you suspect your breath doesn’t smell good, visit your dentist. Other ways to tell if you have bad breath:


  • Ask a trusted friend or family member!
  • Purchase a halimeter test to measure your volatile sulfur compound (VSC) level — above 100 often indicates bad breath.
  • It may sound odd, but try licking the inside of your wrist and smelling it!

I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Jackson and his team. My husband and children have been seeing him for a few years now and I recently switched my care to his team and I am so happy I did. Super sweet, family-oriented, and provide excellent care.

— Elizabeth E.

What a great team they have at Jackson Family Dental. They make the patient experience like no other. 100% class act!

— Drew E.

Best dentist we have ever been to! The entire staff made my daughter’s first visit so easy and safe. Thank you so much!

— Amber S.

They always treat me so well, and pamper me with a warm neck pillow and the massaging chair! It definitely takes the stress away, but the hygienists are so excellent at what they do, and Dr. Jackson is very kind.

— Kathy B.

Everyone here is so very sweet and helpful! they always work with my schedule and help get me an appointment, even if it’s last minute. The office is beautiful and so well run. The best part is they always give you a cookie on the way out.

— Jordan F.

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