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Are you experiencing persistent bad breath?

You may have developed halitosis. Halitosis can affect the way to interact with people and may affect your confidence over time. Finding the cause of your halitosis can help you receive the treatment you need. General dentist, Dr. Ray Becker of Howard County Smiles in Columbia, MD is committed to providing high-quality, patient-focused dental care.

Dr. Ray Becker offers comprehensive exams to check your mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of complex dental issues.  These comprehensive exams can help Dr. Becker identify the cause of your halitosis and provide advice to stave off infection. If you feel that you are experiencing persistent bad breath, we advise you to visit Howard County Smiles in Columbia, MD.


At Howard County Smiles, we understand that halitosis can be embarrassing, so we work diligently to find a solution that is right for you. Dr. Becker offers comprehensive dental exams to check your mouth, teeth, and gums for any complex dental problems. Halitosis can be caused by a variety of different dental issues. It is important to visit Columbia Smiles at least twice a year so that Dr. Becker can ensure you have a healthy, functional smile. Halitosis can be caused by:

  • Gum Disease: Gum disease is an infection of the gums. With gum disease, the gums recede from the teeth, creating deep pockets which can hold bacteria. The bacteria can cause a foul odor to develop in the mouth. Regular brushing and flossing can not eradicate the smell. Dr. Becker offers periodontal therapy in his Columbia dental office. He will work with you to find the right solution for your smile.
  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay occurs when bacteria begin to break down the tooth enamel. Tooth decay may cause toothaches, tooth loss, infection, and bad breath. Dr. Becker can examine your teeth and determine which dental treatment will improve the health of your smile.
  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Dry mouth can be caused by factors like dehydration or medication. It is important to check the side effects of any medication you are taking to see if dry mouth is on the list. You can speak with your doctor or Dr. Becker to determine the best solution for you.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Becker is a respected Howard County dentist. He takes the time to address your dental concerns and find the best solution for your smile. If you are experiencing halitosis, visits Howard County Smiles in Columbia, MD. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 410-415-9013 today.